STVA UK has held an official opening of its new Finished Vehicle Multi Modal Terminal in Bellshill.
The firm welcomed Central Scotland list MSP Richard Lyle to Mossend Railhead who joined managing director Ian Brown for the ribbon cutting ceremony.
At present STVA employs six-full time staff in Bellshill complemented by agency staff and it is hope this figure will increase in the near future as the company becomes more established.
Mr Lyle said: “I would like to compliment STVA UK on this wonderful event. I’m glad that the facility will bring more jobs to the area and wish STVA luck in their future endeavours.”
The tailor-made facility offers full logistical services for both rail and road transport of finished vehicles with the ability to offer ancillary services such as PDI and vehicle preparation.
STVA, a subsidiary of the French railways SNCF, is a leading player in the transportation of vehicles with the UK business alone delivering over 400,000 vehicles direct to customer dealerships and export markets.
The Reema Road site provides an important link between southern import centres and national Scottish distribution, bringing full-time employment to the local area and a key strategic location for the continued development of STVA’s business model.
Mr Brown said: “We are delighted to open this first class new terminal which demonstrates our continued commitment to Scotland as a key part of our UK Business.
“The rail volumes arriving at this site will already remove two million truck miles each year from our congested roads and reduce CO2 emissions by 76 per cent compared to the road equivalent.
“It is both operationally efficient and environmentally responsible. We are convinced that this provides a sound basis for converting more flows to rail.
“In addition to these factors we have a great local team led by an excellent manager. Together with the support of the wider STVA team we are confident this combination will drive our Bellshill business forward.”
In addition to the official site opening ceremony the event culminated with DB Schenker Rail UK Geoff Spencer unveiling a locomotive inscribed with the name “The Pride of Bellshill”.
Mr Spencer said: “We work with STVA to deliver finished vehicles across the UK via rail freight and were pleased that we could name our locomotive 90018 ‘The Pride of Bellshill’.
“Rail freight is a great choice for the transportation of vehicles and “The Pride of Bellshill” will be seen up and down the UK rail network for decades to come.”