Rail Central is a proposed new strategic rail freight interchange (SRFI) in Northamptonshire. The site is located in the heart of the UK where the West Coast Main Line meets the Northampton Loop Line to the south west of Northampton and between the villages of Blisworth and Milton Malsor.

It would see the creation of a UK leading logistics and distribution capability potentially offering approximately 7.4 million sq ft of rail-connected and rail-served space.

The rationale for the site is driven entirely by its strategic location and direct connections to key rail and road networks – Rail Central would connect into the West Coast Main Line and the Northampton Loop Line as well as into the A43 trunk route within approximately 2 miles of the M1 motorway.

Rail Central is an opportunity to invest in and improve supply chains and logistics efficiency. It provides a combination of high quality commercial space and strategic transport connectivity.

It would directly benefit businesses looking for more efficient, more sustainable and more secure supply chains, particularly in a market where customer expectations for speed and reliability are ever-increasing.

In addition to supporting the national policy move for freight on rail and creating a world-class logistics and distribution facility in South Northamptonshire, Rail Central would:

  • Create circa 8,000 new jobs
  • Channel significant and long-term investment into South Northamptonshire
  • Attract businesses for which effective supply chain management is critical to competitiveness
  • Reduce overall CO2 emissions by shifting more freight from road to rail
  • Underpin Northamptonshire’s position as the UK hub for logistics and support local jobs and the county’s economy

Rail Central is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) and is being progressed through the DCO process.

Ashfield Land is working in partnership with Gazeley to deliver the scheme. The joint venture was formed in 2018 to combine both organisations’ strengths and expertise.

On the Rail Central advantage, James Digby, Director at Ashfield Land, said: “Rail Central occupies the best strategic location in the UK for this type of development – where two railway lines and two major roads come together right in the heart of England. To meet the Government’s policy for shifting more freight from road to rail – and to meet customer demands for fast, reliable and sustainable logistics – Rail Central can be a major factor. We are pleased the proposals have been submitted and accepted for Examination and we look forward to the next stage in this important planning process.”

For more information on the project, please visit www.railcentral.com.

For more information on the application and associated documents, please refer to "Document" page on the PINS website https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/east-midlands/rail-central-strategic-rail-freight-interchange/?ipcsection=docs