DB Schenker has taken a 20-year lease on a 34-acre site in Barking, East London, with plans to initially construct a rail connected facility to accommodate the unloading, storage, preparation and distribution of imported and exported finished vehicles.
This will be the only rail linked facility of its type in the country, connected to HS1.
DB says it will be ideally situated at the most westerly point of connection to the European rail network, providing a pivotal link between the UK and Europe.
The terminal will initially have the capability of handling up to 150,000 finished vehicles per year.
The new facility is expected to open in March 2015. It has the potential to create 21 local jobs over the coming years and will have the capability to handle intermodal traffic both internationally and domestically, creating a dynamic site that presents a genuine opportunity to drive modal shift.
- For more information, see RAIL 764, published on December 24.