Multiple retailer Tesco is planning to move some of its freight, including baked goods, off road and on to rail. The plans coincide with the opening of a large distribution centre in Scotland, which will employ 1,700 people.

A Tesco partnership with the Scottish government will see an estimated 13,000 road journeys avoided each year as the supermarket switches to a rail link.

The rail freight will be operated by Stobart, which will collect goods from Tesco’s distribution centre at Livingston, West Lothian, and deliver them to Grangemouth where they will be loaded on to a train for Inverness. The journey will then be completed by rail.