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John G Russell acquires Freightliner’s Coatbridge terminal

Acquisition of 39-acre intermodal facility seen as significant milestone in Russell Group’s expansion plans.

"Acquiring Freightliner's Coatbridge site unlocks many new supply chain opportunities for our company's future," said Alan Poulton, CEO of Russell Group. "Integrating this strategic asset into our intermodal network expands our network, offering customers increased connectivity and faster deliveries across more diverse routes and destinations."

The acquisition also establishes Russell RailRoad Ltd, a new trading entity focused on pioneering rail freight solutions, which promises benefits for employees, customers, and the environment alike.

"With great pride, we announce the successful acquisition of the Coatbridge Freightliner Terminal," stated John G Russell, Chairman of Russell Group. "This landmark move furthers our legacy in rail freight, aligning seamlessly with our commitment to expand eco-friendly solutions for our valued customers."

Strategically positioned on the Motherwell to Inverness main line between Edinburgh and Glasgow, Coatbridge serves as a central hub for intra-Scotland rail transportation. Situated adjacent to John G Russell’s existing Coatbridge operation, the terminal operates daily services to and from key ports such as Felixstowe, Southampton, London Gateway, and Liverpool. Additionally, it manages three daily services to and from Daventry/Purfleet for Direct Rail Services Ltd.

John G Russell is part of the Russell Group which includes Carntyne Transport Ltd and the newly-created Russell RailRoad Ltd. The Group recorded a £88.9 million turnover in 2023 and has 740 employees working across 14 UK locations.

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