Shadow Transport Minister visits Lanarkshire terminal of leading freight operator

The Shadow Minister for Transport paid a visit to the Coatbridge terminal of a leading freight operator to hear about their work – and the challenges facing the UK logistics sector.

Central Scotland MSP Graham Simpson was warmly welcomed by staff at Streamline Shipping.

He met with the facility’s director Ian Adam, who set out some of the initiatives the freight transport sector need to embrace in 2022 in order to deal with issues like keeping up with demand across Scotland’s islands and their carbon footprint.

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Streamline Shipping, who recently celebrated their 40th year of trading, are the biggest freight operator to Orkney and Shetland and employ 220 staff across Scotland, 50 of which are based in Coatbridge.

They are the biggest haulier in Scotland for building trade supplies and deliver parcels across Shetland and Orkney for various delivery companies.

Mr Simpson also heard about the firms electric van pilot project which is due to be trailed in January across the Orkney Isles.

The Conservative MSP told Lanarkshire Live : “The logistics sector is facing serious challenges – not least in staffing – but Streamline are meeting them head-on.

“They have a very impressive operation at Coatbridge. They provide a vital service for getting produce to and from the islands and elsewhere.

“It was also good to hear how they are working to reduce their carbon footprint by investing in electric vehicles.”

Ian Adam of Streamline Shipping added: ““The directors were delighted to welcome Graham Simpson MSP, Shadow Minister for Transport, to our Coatbridge freight terminal.

“We were keen to discuss the challenges facing the logistics sector in Scotland, and UK-wide, and had positive discussion about the initiatives the freight transport sector need to embrace as 2022 approaches.

“The directors would like to thank Graham for taking the time to meet us and we look forward to continuing the dialogue.”

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