PLANS to create hundreds of jobs through a £200 million development at the site of a former Scottish steelworks have been revealed by a transport and logistics company.

Russell Group is seeking permission to build a railhead logistics hub at the former Ravenscraig industrial site in North Lanarkshire.

The proposed development would serve as the company’s UK headquarters and would include a training academy while also functioning as a “test bed” for innovation in the transport industry.

Site developer, Ravenscraig Ltd, a joint venture comprising Scottish Enterprise, Wilson Bowden Developments and Tata Steel, has been in talks with Russell Group about the plans and a planning application is due to be submitted to North Lanarkshire Council this week.

Developers said the hub would create 200 jobs when operational.

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Kenneth Russell, director at Russell Group, said: “Ravenscraig is set to be one of the best-connected locations in Scotland and is uniquely positioned to be home to our planned headquarters and logistics hub.

“We are hugely excited by the potential of this development, which will drive real and tangible benefits to the local population, not least through the creation of hundreds of new and high-quality jobs.

“At a time when there is so much economic uncertainty, we are proud to be investing in North Lanarkshire.”

Russell added: “While we are at the start of the planning process, we are committed to consulting with the public on our plans and will set them out in more detail over the coming weeks and months.”

If the plans are approved, construction work would begin towards the end of 2021 with the first phase of the development expected to be completed by early 2023.

Virtual public consultation are due to be held on November 25 and December 9.

Ravenscraig steelworks closed in 1992.