Maritime Transport to operate new rail freight interchange in East Midlands

Maritime Transport to operate new rail freight interchange in East Midlands

Developer Segro has signed up multimodal logistics company Maritime Transport in a 25-year deal to operate the new Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) at its Segro Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway (SLP-EMG). 

The 22.5 acre rail terminal, which is expected to be completed in late 2019, will be capable of handling up to sixteen 775m-long freight trains daily and will provide storage capacity for over 5,000 TEU, which is equivalent to approximately 55,000 pallets of cargo. The first train is scheduled to run in autumn 2019. 

The new rail headquarters of Maritime Transport’s new Maritime Intermodal division, which was only created last week, will  also be based at the site. A purpose-built 20,000 sq ft office, expected to be completed in the summer of 2020, will house operations staff, training facilities as well as parking for a fleet of up to 100 trucks.

This is the first SFRI in the East Midlands and will connect to the Castle Donnington freight line, providing direct access to the UK’s network of SFRI’s and all major UK ports. 

Andrew Pilsworth, Segro Business Unit Director National Logistics, said:  “We are thrilled to have signed Maritime Transport as the rail freight operator at Segro Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway and to be the home for their Rail HQ operations.

 “Strategic Rail Freight Interchanges are recognised by the Government as being nationally important, both economically and environmentally. The demand we are witnessing for the efficient movement of goods – driven by customer demand and technology – shows no sign of abating and SLP-EMG is a key piece of infrastructure in meeting this need.” 

Simon Smart, CEO, Maritime Transport, said: “This is a very exciting deal for us and we’re looking forward to launching SLP-EMG site as our flagship rail depot. Our intention is to use our logistics expertise within the intermodal sector to attract a significant number of new rail services to the terminal by offering a cost effective, highly reliable and environmentally efficient intermodal product.” 

SLP-EMG has planning consent for up to 6,000,000 sq ft of logistics accommodation – a third of which is already under contract.

The site is strategically located in the near centre of England with Nottingham 13 miles to the north-east, Leicester 20 miles to the south and Derby 14 miles to the north west. 

As well as providing infrastructure for the logistics supply chain, the development is expected to create 7,250 jobs, 900 construction jobs and 3,000 indirect jobs.