A superstore giant is about to open its massive new £38 million distribution depot despite claims its presence will lead to traffic chaos.
Asda’s 36-acre distribution centre in Earls Road, Grangemouth, is scheduled to officially open on November 21, creating 90 new jobs and securing hundreds more as staff move over from the firm’s West Mains Industrial Estate site.
However, locals - including Grangemouth Community Council - have had fears about the increase in traffic the development would bring since August last year, when it was announced Asda would be building the depot on the former ICI Social Club site.
HGV deliveries to and from the depot - expected to number as many as 500 per day - and large numbers of staff driving to work, will cause traffic headaches for an already under-pressure road network, according to Councillor Robert Spears.
He said: “What you will have here shortly is absolute chaos. We cannot keep developing the town without having the infrastructure in place.”
Responding to concerns, Asda denied the new depot would add significantly to the traffic levels in the local area.
A spokesman said: “All colleagues, supplier and Asda deliveries created by the old depot in West Mains are simply moving to the new one and they will have used the Earls Gate roundabout previously.
“The depot shift change patterns are also out of rush hour traffic times.”
According to Falkirk Council, Asda contributed nearly £400,000 towards works to improve junctions in the vicinity of the site.
Asda also confirmed the new centre will replace the existing West Mains depot and said it is still deciding what to do with the vacant site.
The Falkirk depot on the Northern Distributor Road will remain open amid rumours of staff being made redundant.
Asda stated it was currently speaking to colleagues at Falkirk CDC4 regarding a new company wide restructure, but there were no compulsory redundancies being made.