The UK’s rail freight network is set to receive a significant capacity boost as work begins on a major infrastructure project at Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) in Northamptonshire.
Led by industrial property company, Prologis UK, and delivered by main contractor Winvic Construction Ltd., the project will include the construction of a new state of the art rail freight terminal and associated infrastructure works, including a new road access point to the site.
Classed as nationally-significant infrastructure, DIRFT is recognised as one of the most successful intermodal (rail/road) logistics parks in the UK. Situated in the logistics ‘golden triangle’, which spans from Northampton to East Midlands Airport in the North, and West towards Birmingham, the site benefits from excellent road and rail links, with access to the M1 motorway and the West Coast Main Line, the primary rail freight route in the UK.
Currently home to major household names such as Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Royal Mail and DHL, the site’s three existing rail freight terminals handle 12 freight trains every day. In its current form, the logistics park has warehouse buildings ranging in size between 100,000 to 1 million sq. ft. The site draws labour from a significant local employment catchment area of 30 minutes and has strong connections to the UK’s busiest container ports.