Concerns raised over loss of truckstop near Glasgow


Representatives of the freight transport industry have raised concerns over the uncertain fate of a Europa truckstop located to the south of Glasgow.

The site off the M74, which currently provides parking for 140 vehicles and a range of services for haulage drivers, has been purchased by Tesco, which intends to use the area as a site for a new superstore, reports RoadTransport.com.

Bodies such as the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and Road Haulage Association (RHA) have responded to the potential closure of what the FTA described as a “popular truckstop” by suggesting it may be a potential issue for many drivers in the area.

Phil Flanders, RHA director for Scotland, said: “This is a bit of a worry. We are concerned that another important facility for drivers might be lost.”

Last month, the Press and Journal reported that the managing director of Aberdeen-based haulage firm ARR Craib Transport had criticised the government’s plans to increase fuel duty, stating that doing so would damage transport firms and penalise drivers across the country.

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