Bold plans for the West Midlands Interchange have been revealed for the first time; under the plans, a rail freight interchange will be built on 618 acres of land west of Junction 12 of the M6.
The freight interchange will be built alongside warehouses and other associated developments.
The scheme should create thousands of jobs, boosting manufacturing, logistics, freight and other areas of the region’s economy, as well as reducing the number of freight lorries on roads across the West Midlands. It will also link directly to the West Coast Mainline, one of the country’s principal freight routes.
The developers say that “A strategic rail freight interchange is something that has been long identified as essential for the future prosperity of the West Midlands region.
“The region’s strong logistics and manufacturing industries will need faster, more reliable transport links in future to attract global business and investment.
“The Government too, strongly encourages what is known as modal shift meaning the transport of goods from road to rail, to help reduce transport’s carbon emissions and to provide economic benefits.