The East Midlands Gateway Rail Freight Interchange, planned for a site north of East Midlands Airport in Leicestershire, has been granted development consent by the Transport minister Robert Goodwill MP.
The strategic rail freight interchange (SRFI) will be built over 250 acres near Castle Donington; it will be large enough to qualify as a nationally significant infrastructure project.
As defined by the government, the Strategic Rail Freight Interchange will be a “large multi-purpose rail freight interchange and distribution centre linked into both the rail and trunk road system”, with “rail-connected warehousing and container handling facilities and may also include manufacturing and processing activities”.
It will include an intermodal freight terminal accommodating up to 16 trains per day, each up to 775m long.
This should “provide the facilities to enable large volumes of freight to be transferred to and from road vehicles and freight trains”.