British transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has granted planning permission to developer Roxhill (Kegworth) Limited to build a 6 million sq ft multi-purpose rail freight interchange and distribution centre, located north of East Midlands Airport in Leicestershire.
The project includes:
- An intermodal freight terminal accommodating up to 16 trains per day and trains of up to 775m long and including container storage and HGV parking;
- Up to 557,414 sq m of rail served warehousing and ancillary service buildings;
- A new rail line connecting the terminal to the Castle Donington branch freight only line;
- New road infrastructure and works to the existing road infrastructure;
- Demolition of existing structures and structural earthworks to create development plots and landscape zones;
- Strategic landscaping and open space, including alterations to public rights of way and the creation of new publicly accessible open areas;
- Bus interchange.
According to Roxhill, East Midlands Gateway would provide large-scale warehousing together with an intermodal rail freight interchange. This would provide the facilities to enable large volumes of freight to be transferred to and from road vehicles and freight trains. In simple terms, it would operate as an inland port. It would therefore directly support a wide range of economic sectors within the UK, and form part of increasingly significant flows of international cargo movements. The proposal is expected to generate around 7,000 direct jobs once operational, and including training opportunities and integrated public transport facilities, as well as further employment through the construction phase.