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Rail Freight In Scotland

Freight on Scotland's Railway

Rail freight is worth £2.45bn to the UK economy and is the sustainable logistics choice for UK businesses, especially for longer distances.

One freight train can replace up to 76 lorries from and emits just a quarter of the carbon per tonne as the equivalent road journey. It also supports road hauliers - allowing them use to use their resources efficiently by increasing the number of first mile collections and last mile deliveries. The benefits in terms of reducing local emissions and improving air quality, reducing trunk road congestion and improving road safety are sizeable.

Thinking about putting your freight on rail?

We would love to have a discussion with you if you're thinking about the switch to rail over road, particularly over longer distances.

Anne MacKenzie (Anne.MacKenzie@networkrail.co.uk), our Senior Regional Freight Manager or Cal Logan (Cal.Logan@networkrail.co.uk), our Lead Route Freight Manager are the people to speak to. Do get in touch.

Ken Russell and Andrew Malcolm talk railfreight

Low Carbon Logistics event 8-10 November 2021

Low Carbon Logistics
Pulling together for net zero


Low Carbon Logistics is the first event of its kind in Scotland. Raising the profile and awareness of the low carbon transition in the rail and road freight sectors, this event is a unique opportunity to celebrate innovation and promote the importance of Pulling Together for Net Zero.

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November 2021. The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. As part of the programme for COP26, Low Carbon Logistics has been developed by Mossend International Railfreight Park, Scottish Enterprise, Network Rail, Transport Scotland and PD. Stirling to showcase their support of both the Scottish and UK Government’s vision for a zero-carbon supply chain network and a more competitive and efficient road and rail freight sector.

This three-day event will be held at Mossend on the 8-10 November 2021 to showcase rail freight, low carbon rail and road transport and logistics to a wide audience of attendees, industry followers, members and leaders, COP26 delegates, potential investors, potential future customers and supply chains.

Centred around the naming of electric and sustainable fuel locomotives, the event will raise the profile and awareness around the low carbon transition in the rail and road freight sectors affording numerous trade and innovation opportunities.

Providing a platform to explore how supply chains can become more sustainable within the freight industry, there is an exciting programme of seminars, exhibitions and ceremonies. Held at Mossend International Railfreight Park, Scotland’s largest international multi-modal rail freight park and a champion of low carbon logistics.

Learn more and register your attendance here