Logistics provider acquires Freightliner’s Coatbridge intermodal rail terminal

Coatbridge Intermodal Rail Terminal JGR Base

John G Russell, a leading logistics provider in the UK, is pleased to announce the successful acquisition of the Coatbridge Rail Terminal from Freightliner. This strategic move strengthens John G Russell’s commitment to sustainable logistics and reinforces its position as a comprehensive solution provider in the industry.

Located directly adjacent to the existing John G Russell Coatbridge operation in Scotland, the acquisition marks a significant milestone in the company’s growth and expansion plan. It gives rise to a new trading entity, Russell RailRoad Limited, dedicated to driving innovative rail freight solutions and fostering stronger collaboration across Russell Group.

Benefits for Stakeholders:

  • Employees: New career opportunities and professional development through expanded operations and diverse service offerings.
  • Customers: Enhanced logistics experience with a wider range of integrated, multimodal solutions, improved connectivity, and faster deliveries.
  • Environment: Significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by promoting the shift from road to rail freight, aligning with John G Russell’s NetZero by 2040 goal.

Quote from Russell Group CEO, Alan Poulton:

“Acquiring Freightliner’s Coatbridge site unlocks many new supply chain opportunities for our company’s future. Integrating this strategic asset into our intermodal network expands our network, offering customers increased connectivity and faster deliveries across more diverse routes and destinations. This enhanced efficiency goes hand-in-hand with environmental responsibility, enabling us to significantly reduce emissions and support both the Company’s and our customers’ sustainability objectives by shifting freight from road to rail. Overall, this strategic acquisition reinforces our commitment to enhance both customer service and our commitment to deliver sustainable, low-carbon logistics.”

Quote from Russell Group Chairman, John G Russell:

“With great pride, we announce the successful acquisition of the Coatbridge Freightliner Terminal. This landmark move furthers our 45-year legacy in rail freight, aligning seamlessly with our commitment to expand eco-friendly and far-reaching solutions for our valued customers. We warmly welcome our new colleagues to embark on a journey of collective innovation, growth, and mutual success.”

Looking Ahead:

Russell RailRoad Limited is poised to leverage its strategic location and combined expertise to offer a compelling value proposition to the market. This acquisition reflects John G Russell’s continued commitment to delivering sustainable, efficient, and customer-centric logistics solutions for a greener future.

Company Overview

  • John G Russell is part of Russell Group. The Group is made up of three companies that work in partnership: John G Russell (Transport) Ltd, Carntyne Transport Ltd and Russell RailRoad Ltd.
  • John G Russell (Transport) Ltd is a leading transport and logistics provider committed to delivering high value solutions across the United Kingdom and Europe. Offering over 10 different services including warehousing, contract packing and distribution, the organisation has over 50 years’ experience in expertly delivering your promises.
  • Carntyne Transport Ltd is a leading third-party logistics provider specialising in bulk transport and the provision of on-site logistics and cask storage. As part of the Russell Group, they have an established history of over 65 years within the transport industry, providing customers with the perfect blend of quality and service.
  • Russell RailRoad Ltd are leaders in the rail freight industry, specialising in intermodal rail services, container haulage, and storage. As members of Russell Group, they have been at the forefront of rail freight innovation for over 45 years.

Together as a Group they have …

  • £88.9 million turnover in 2023
  • 740 employees
  • 14 UK locations

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