Monday, February 6, 2017

Ground Broken on New Inland Rail Freight Interchange

Predicted to create 7000 Jobs Once Complete
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UK – Builders have started construction on a new rail freight interchange near East Midlands Airport that will, according to developer Roxhill, create 7,250 jobs. The East Midlands Gateway near Castle Donington is planned to be constructed in six phases with this first stage due for completion in October this year. The facility is expected to fully complete in late 2019. The development is in line with the policy document released in 2011 by the then coalition government.

Once finished the East Midlands Gateway will provide 557,500 square metres of storage and logistics buildings and a rail freight terminal which will be capable of handling 16 trains a day. By integrating road and rail networks the facility will effectively provide an inland port in the middle of England that will allow import/export freight to bypass the UK’s overtaxed road network around the critical coastal ports and relieve some of the congestion on road routes that would traditionally be used to access the Channel ports. Chris Hobson, director of policy at the East Midlands Chamber, said:

"The East Midlands Gateway Strategic Rail Freight Interchange will unlock the huge economic benefits that come with the creation of 7,000 new jobs, will have a positive impact on the local distribution and logistics sector and will strengthen the region's offering as a key business location to inward investors.

"We make things here in the East Midlands that are sold throughout the UK, the EU and beyond. The area between Derby, Nottingham and Leicester is a real sweet spot for infrastructure development, with the potential to become a fulcrum for economic growth in years ahead.

"This Strategic Rail Freight Interchange sits alongside other major regional infrastructure developments taking place in or planned for the region, such as HS2, the electrification of the Midland Main Line, which the Government must commit to undertaking right through the region, not just to Corby and Kettering, and the Smart Motorways initiative.

"Taken together, these schemes will strengthen our ability to get people and goods in and out of the area, support supply chains and enable local businesses to get their products and services to market more quickly and more effectively."