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2006-05-10 TSC-001
Transport Scotland


Major rail contract winner named

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Transport Scotland

Major rail contract winner named

10 May 2006
source Transport Scotland
type Press release

The contractor to enhance the Mossend to Elgin line for freight has been announced as Jarvis Rail.

A scheme allowing more freight to travel by rail instead of the roads between central Scotland and the north-east has taken a significant step forward today.

Transport Minister Tavish Scott announced that Jarvis Rail had won the contract for the gauge enhancement of the railway line between Mossend and Elgin.

Transport Scotland, the Scottish Executive’s transport agency, is funding the project’s delivery and will work closely with Network Rail to ensure the project is delivered on time and on budget.

The work involves lowering and slewing of the track at 29 structures spread across 270 miles of track. The work will be completed by end July 2007 and the route will be cleared for larger containers by early autumn 2007 at a cost of around £4m.

Tavish Scott said:

“Getting freight off the roads is one of this devolved government’s major transport commitments. In doing so, we want to help businesses deliver their goods and remain competitive, while at the same time helping the environment.

“When completed the gauge enhancement work to be carried out by Jarvis Rail will bring benefits for the economy and the environment by encouraging many businesses to transport their freight by rail.

“It could take up to 12.3 million vehicle kilometres every year off the already busy roads linking central Scotland and the north-east which will be welcomed by people and businesses using these roads.”

The project was promoted in development by the North-East Scotland Rail Freight Development Group (NESRFDG) which is holding its AGM in Aberdeen today.

The work will be carried out at night or at week-ends to minimise disruption to passengers and is expected to be completed by the end of July 2007.

It could take up to 1.3 million tonnes of freight traffic by rail per year.

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