Over 40,000 tonnes of grit aimed at keeping Scotland’s roads safe during winter will be stored at a new facility on the banks of the River Clyde.
The 5,000sqm shed, located at King George V dock in Glasgow, will supply councils across the west and central areas of the country with de-icing salt provided by a specialist mine in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.
The multimillion pound project – a joint development between the Irish Salt Mining Company and Peel Ports – will be completed in 2023 and will begin stockpiling supplies for the winter immediately.
It is hoped the new facility can provide enough capacity to cover major problem roads in Scotland – many of which became treacherous during the recent Arctic blast.
Port director Jim McSporran said: “This new facility will be supplying council road salt depots across west and central Scotland and will be key in helping to meet tough demands during harsh winters.
“Given the unpredictability of Scottish weather, this deal will add vital resilience to the road salt market in this country for many years to come.”