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ATH Resources has completed construction of a 12.2 km conveyor to transport coal from its Glenmuckloch opencast coal site to the company owned Crowbandsgate Rail Facility, near the town of New Cumnock in Ayrshire. The project which represents one of the largest investments in sustainable infrastructure for the Scottish Coal Industry, has been part-funded by a Freight Facilities Grant from the Scottish Executive, in recognition of the environmental benefits of transferring the movements of coal to rail. The conveyor, operational as of March 2007, is Europe's longest overland conveyor and enables the coal to be transported without travelling on the public road. In total 2.8 million tonnes of coal will be conveyed, removing the need for approximately 54,000 lorry journeys per year, greatly reducing the impact of coal transport on both the environment and road network.
ATH Resources has worked closely with leading experts and the local community to minimize the environmental impact of the conveyor, which has been specifically designed to integrate into its natural surroundings.
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