Wednesday, January 20, 2021
- Advertisement -
Home Projects Timber rail trial on track in Scotland

Timber rail trial on track in Scotland

A six-week timber by rail project in the north of Scotland aims to demonstrate that moving timber by rail is a viable and greener alternative to using roads in the long distance movement of timber.

The Scottish Government, through the Scottish Strategic Rail Freight Fund, has allocated £195,000 to Victa Railfreight to undertake the trial.

The trial, which is nearing completion, has been operating between two and three trains a week. The equivalent by road would need around 250 lorries driving around 55,000 miles.

Visiting the project in Inverness to see it at first hand, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “Timber haulage is a key part of Scotland’s £1 billion industry and a key part of the forestry life cycle. It is important that all opportunities are sought to minimise the environmental and social impact of transporting timber.

“This is an exemplary partnership project and I’m delighted to see this type of collaboration which also supports a sustainable green economic recovery from the current COVID-19 pandemic.”

The trains have been operating from Georgemas Junction to the Inverness Millburn Yard for onward delivery to wood processing company Norbord at Dalcross and James Jones at Mosstodloch.

Once the project has been fully completed and assessed, the findings should help to shape future policies in how timber is transported to market.

The partnership in the six-week trial sees Transport Scotland, Victa Railfreight, Network Rail, HITRANSs and Scottish Forestry working together.

Timber has been supplied from Munro Harvesting and Kelpie Woodlands with Georgemas Energy and Logistics Park providing access to the terminal.

Victa Railfreight is also being assisted by DB Cargo for the wagons and West Coast Railway Company for locomotives and drivers.

Photo credit: Scottish Forestry


For today’s rail news from railbusinessdaily.com click here.

- Advertisement -

Most Popular

SAEMA User Training – a simpler way to achieve safety at height

SAEMA – Specialist Access Engineering & Maintenance Association – is proud to announce the launch of SAEMA User Training. This is a brand new...

First RailDirector of 2021 is on its way

Over 2,000 exclusive rail industry leaders and subscribers will be receiving the first RailDirector magazine of 2021 in the coming days. This month’s magazine leads...

SPL Powerlines UK deliver London to Corby electrification project

SPL Powerlines UK, a 100% subsidiary of Powerlines Group and ENGIE Solutions, has announced that the London to Corby electrification project for Network Rail...

Manchester’s P.P O’Connor Group helps to build HS2’s new Birmingham station

Manchester-based civil engineering specialists P.P O'Connor Group Limited have joined the growing number of British businesses supporting construction of Britain’s new railway, High Speed...

Daily Newsletter Signup

Every morning at 7am, direct to your inbox.

By submitting your contact details, you agree to us sending you emails on behalf of railbusinessdaily.com