Tesco has opened a new one million square foot distribution centre in Livingston to serve all its stores across Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The multi-temperature centre in West Lothian represents a £93 million investment in the area and will employ 1,700 people, 20 per cent more people than the old Scottish depots combined.
Following the launch, Tesco has also announced plans to move more freight off road onto rail, after signing a five-year contract with Stobart Group.
Stobart will collect goods from the Livingston distribution centre, delivering them to Grangemouth rail terminal where they will be loaded onto a train for Inverness. Upon arrival they will then be transported the remainder of the way to various stores by road.
Tesco plans to reduce the number of road journeys it makes each year by an estimated 13,000 in a bid to lower its impact on the environment.