Maritime Transport has signed a 25-year lease with SEGRO and is to operate the Strategic Rail Freight Interchange at SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway.
The rail terminal is 22.5 acres and is able to handle up to sixteen 775m-long freight trains daily and will provide storage capacity for over 5,000 TEU. It will connect to the Castle Donnington freight line, providing direct access to the UK’s network of Rail Freight Interchanges and all major UK Ports. The rail freight terminal is due for completion late 2019.
The site will also feature a 20,000 sq ft office which is to become Maritime Transport’s rail headquarters under its new “Maritime Intermodal” division. The office is due to be completed in summer 2020.
“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,” said Maritime Transport CEO Simon Smart.
“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,” added SEGRO business unit director national logistics Andrew Pilsworth.