Brothers seek backing for Mossend Railfreight plan

Brothers Andrew, left, and David Stirling have big plans for Mossend Railhead.
Brothers Andrew, left, and David Stirling have big plans for Mossend Railhead.
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The brothers seeking a massive expansion of Mossend Railhead admitted this week they are still struggling to win over the general public.

Andrew and David Stirling say they can deliver 2,700 full time jobs and another 2,000 during the lengthy construction phase.

They promise the £260 million scheme will take heavy lorries away from built-up parts of Bellshill.

However, the plans face strong opposition from people who live in the area. They are furious that the fields around Carnbroe Road will be lost to industrial depots and a road linking Mossend International Railfreight Park with the upgraded M8.

Protestors also say they would have to put up with increased noise and pollution. Hundreds of objections have been submitted to North Lanarkshire Council which is expected to make a decision before the end of the year.

Operations manager Andrew Stirling admitted it’s been difficult to convince people that the project will be good for the area.

He said: “People still believe we are going to increase vehicle movements in Bellshill, but we don’t want to use local roads. With a direct route to the M8 we would cut accident rates, emissions and noise.”

More on this story in this week’s Bellshill Speaker, out tomorrow.