Multi-million port upgrade will free up Scotland’s roads

Multi-million port upgrade will free up Scotland’s roads

Congestion on Scotland’s roads is expected to decrease next year following the Scottish government’s plans to shift a portion of freight from the tarmac to the water.

The Montrose Port Authority (MPA) has received a £1.5 million Ports Mode Shift Grant from the Scottish Government to allow larger cargo vessels to dock at the port.

This comes in addition to a previous grant to the value of £5.9 million.

Over a five-year period, the move is expected to remove 86,000 lorry journeys and 1.26 million tonnes of freight from Scotland’s roads, freeing up space for company car drivers and other motorists.

Transport minister Humza Yousaf said the investment is part of the government’s efforts to transfer freight from the road to other modes of transport.

He commented: “This is a great example of us delivering on that promise and helping MPA deliver millions of pounds of environmental benefits.”

Mr Yousaf went to say that the grant would safeguard more than 30 jobs and help the Port of Montrose remain relevant and competitive in the current marketplace, which is seeing an increase in the size of cargo vessels.

The changes to MPA’s quaysides are expected to be completed in summer 2019.

Ben Robb, brand manager at Dieselink, added: “Scotland’s motorists will appreciate the drop in congestion unlocked by this move, but the road surfaces themselves will also benefit due to not being damaged by HGVs.”