PLANS FOR a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) at Hinckley have been unveiled by development firm DB Symmetry.
The chosen site, 3km north-east of the town, is adjacent to the Nuneaton to Felixstowe railway line and near to junction 2 of the M69 motorway. The plans involve a series of sidings being constructed parallel to the railway, which would be long enough to load and unload container freight trains up to 775 metres in length. Alongside the sidings would be a hard-surfaced area to provide for movements of the vehicles used to unload containers, articulated lorries and for temporary container storage.
A direct dedicated road access from junction 2 of the M69 is planned.
As a nationally significant project, the scheme will require a Development Consent Order. Following a series of statutory consultations DB Symmetry aims to submit a DCO application to Government in May 2019.
DB Symmetry’s land portfolio comprises 1,200 hectares, with over 400 hectares consented for logistics use and the remainder going through the planning process. Its portfolio is concentrated primarily around what it calls the ‘Golden Triangle’ of the M1, M69 and M40 motorways and north west England’s M6 and M62 corridors.