Union welcomes Scottish Aluminium change to rail

30 June 2005

Aslef has greeted plans by aluminium producer Alcan to transfer a vast bulk of its freight from road to rail as ‘an all round winner’.

EWS is to haul 40,000 tonnes of aluminium ingot a year from Alcan’s smelter in Fort William to Newport in South Wales. This means rail replacing 3,500 trucks and 630,000 lorry miles.

National Organiser Andy Reed welcomed the move saying, “This isn’t just good news for our members – it is also massively good news for the environment and for car drivers who use the congested A82. 

“It’s also an environmental plus for the West Highlands, as it will relieve road traffic through Glen Coe.”

Acting General Secretary Keith Norman added that this decision by Alcan should be a spur to other employers to review their own transport policies. 

“All employers should periodically examine alternative forms of transport,” he said. “There are often economic arguments for using rail - and in terms of the environment, there are no arguments at all.”

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