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Freight service to cut congestion

Stobart Rail train
Freight trains will be used transport goods to Inverness

The company behind a new rail freight service from Inverness to Grangemouth claims it will cut 13,000 lorry journeys a year on the busy A9 route.

Stobart Rail, in partnership with Tesco, has launched the six-days a week service with its share of 3m funding from the Scottish Government.

The firm also predicts the move will save 827,000 litres of fuel each year.

The rail containers are already being used to transport goods from Grangemouth to Daventry in England.

The Scottish Government pledged over 3m towards rail freight projects in a bid to cut congestion and carbon emissions in May last year.

Stobart Rail was awarded a Freight Facilities Grant of up to 982,000 to help transport Tesco goods between Grangemouth and Inverness.

The goods will be collected from Tesco's distribution centre in Livingston, delivered to Grangemouth, and taken to the rail terminal in Inverness.

Deliveries will then be made to stores in Inverness, Aviemore, Wick, Dingwall, Elgin, Thurso, Ullapool and Forres.

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