Freight the focus of Committee visits

03.03.2015

How freight is moved by rail and sea to the rest of the UK, Europe and worldwide was the focus of two Committee visits by the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee.

MSPs on the Committee looked specifically at sea and rail freight when they visited the Port of Cairnryan and Freightliner Coatbridge. The Committee is currently undertaking an inquiry into the main obstacles to the flow of rail, road, sea and air freight in Scotland and is examining how these might be overcome.  

On their visit to Freightliner Coatbridge, MSPs were given a tour of the facilities at the railport, which is a major intermodal hub and provides links to many UK ports via the West Coast Main Line.  

During their visit to the Port of Cairnryan members of the Committee learnt more about the freight service between Scotland and Northern Ireland. Members were able to see the freight service offered at the Port, which is owned and operated by P & O Ferries and learnt more about what investment had gone into the route between Cairnryan and Larne. 

Convener of the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee Jim Eadie MSP said: 

“The ability of companies in Scotland to move freight via rail and sea is a key part of this inquiry. For the Committee to get out and to see for themselves the facilities that Scotland has is invaluable.

“The Committee has already heard that moving freight from road to sea and rail will play a key role in meeting ambitious climate change targets. So to speak directly to freight companies about the challenges they face is vital, particularly if the Committee is to assess the barriers around moving freight within Scotland, to other parts of the UK and further afield.”  

Background

Jim Eadie MSP, James Dornan MSP and Mike MacKenzie MSP visited Freightliner Coatbridge and Adam Ingram MSP visited the Port of Cairnryan.

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