Ian Wilson Forth Ports

UK-based Forth Ports has appointed rail freight expert Ian Wilson (pictured above) as its new intermodal and logistics development manager, to focus on the rail offerings at its facilities in Tilbury and Grangemouth.

A UK freight industry veteran, Mr Wison worked for Eddie Stobart for 20 years, most recently as business development manager of its rail freight division.

He joined Forth Ports in August and will work across the group, focusing on rail investment at Tilbury where he will work with Ross McKissock, and at Grangemouth with Derek Knox.

Chief operating officer Stuart Wallace said: “Ian’s appointment comes at an important time for Forth Ports as we focus and invest in our rail offering across the UK.

“We have invested over £250m to create Tilbury2, and when the rail head opens at the port later this year, it will be capable of handling the longest freight trains on the tracks.

“We also have a multimillion-pound investment programme under way in Grangemouth to further enhance our rail offering, providing a seamless link between our hubs on the Thames and Grangemouth.

“We have dedicated direct rail services between our ports enabling customers to get their goods from the south east into the central belt of Scotland in a time, carbon and cost-efficient manner.

“Ian brings a wealth of experience in rail freight and has a strong track record in delivering results in the sector,” he concluded.

Mr Wilson added: “This is an exciting time for Forth Ports. I am confident there are a number of opportunities in the market for businesses looking for a flexible, efficient and greener solution on rail. I am looking forward to playing my part in securing this business.”

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