PLANS for a new rail freight terminal that could create almost 5,000 jobs have been given the green light by ministers.
PD Stirling, the company behind the scheme, said the Scottish Government had approved plans for an international rail freight terminal in Mossend, Bellshill, in North Lanarkshire despite “some local concern”.
The decision comes after North Lanarkshire Council last year refused to grant permission for the scheme after receiving objections from locals.
PD Stirling is to expand its existing operations at Bellshill to create its Mosshead international railfreight park (MIRP), with the company saying up to 4,900 new jobs could be delivered during the construction and operation phases.
Company bosses believe that creating a new hub for rail freight will help take large lorries off local roads and provide a more sustainable alternative for companies looking to move goods.
PD Stirling director David Stirling said: “We’re delighted with today’s decision as it will open up new opportunities for rail freight and sustainable low-carbon logistics in Scotland.
“MIRP will create a major new rail freight facility and help to secure new investment and economic activity both in Lanarkshire and across Scotland.
“MIRP will be able to compete favourably on cost with road transport, extend choice and support the sustainable movement of goods to and from Scotland.
“We recognise that there has been some local concern but are looking forward to working with residents to put in place locally-supported management for the proposed community woodland which will include walkways, woodlands and cycle routes.”