Liberal Democrat Transport spokesperson and North East MSP Mike Rumbles has today urged the Cabinet Secretary to produce a new plan for whisky freight on the railway.
Whisky is a major industry in the North and North East of Scotland. 100% of the 1.5 million tonnes of whisky from the area is transported to the central belt by heavy lorries.
Mr Rumbles asked the Cabinet Secretary if he would explore creating a working group to promote the transport of food and drink by rail. Rail already plays a key role transporting whisky freight south from Central Scotland.
Mike Rumbles said: “Whisky is a major industry in Scotland. Rail can help ensure a sustainable future for the industry.
“By switching whisky freight to rail, carbon emissions would reduce, traffic would reduce and the damage to our roads would also be reduced.
“I am pleased that the Cabinet Secretary has agreed to consider my suggestion. I shall continue to press the Scottish Government to ensure they stay on track for rail freight.”
Notes for editors:
The exchange took place in the Chamber during Portfolio Question Time, questioning the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity - Thursday 4th April 2019 at 14:30