Expansion to put town on right track

Mossend railhead

Mossend railhead

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A NEW international railfreight facility built on greenbelt land in Bellshill will bring massive benefits to the town, according to its developers.

Peter D Stirling says that expansion of their current Mossend Railhead operations in Reema Road would create a state-of-the-art rail terminal allowing businesses throughout Scotland to move goods across the UK and beyond.

Opponents have said building the facility on a site between Carnbroe Road and the A8 would result in the loss of the the only significant piece of greenbelt land left in Bellshill.

But the firm say that as well as creating and providing businesses with a unique and cost-effective alternative to long haul road transport, their plans also include the creation of a community greenspace to provide a green buffer between the industrial buildings of the park and residential areas.

Company director Andrew Stirling said: “We’re pleased that more than 100 people took time to visit our first exhibition in March. We got some very valuable feedback.

“We believe that the proposals will bring real benefits to the local area including more local employment and investment opportunities. It will also help to reduce local road congestion as traffic, connected to the site, will be diverted from the existing Reema Road access to a new site access which will link the A8 to the north of the site.

“We’re holding a second community consultation event on Saturday, June 1, at Bellshill Cultural Centre Library from 1pm-5pm. Also in June we’ll be arranging escorted tours of the site.”