23 April 1998
Potatoes urged to take the train

RAILWAY privatisation and the development of a national freight grid should help green the image of the food and farming industry, a British Potato Council export seminar was told.

Massive investment by the American-owned English, Welsh & Scottish Railway (EWS) group could mean a guaranteed maximum delivery time of 36 hours door-to-door from the north of Scotland to the south of England, and a three-day delivery time to European destinations.

One of the first guinea pigs to use the system, Alistair Roy, managing director of Gordon & Innes, Elgin, Moray, sent large quantities of seed potatoes from northern Scotland to England. He had nothing but praise for the network.

  • The Scotsman 23/04/98 page 30