Transport deal agreed for SEGRO Logistics Park Northampton
One of the UK’s largest transport companies has agreed terms to become the rail operator at SEGRO Logistics Park Northampton. The deal, which includes the long-term lease of a new, 17-acre intermodal rail terminal and wider management role for Maritime Transport, covering the rail infrastructure on the park, will provide occupiers at Northampton and in the East Midlands with new, low carbon freight connections from UK container ports and other inland rail terminals with capacity for up to 16 daily trains, when fully operational. The rail freight interchange will be completed by SEGRO as part of the infrastructure for SEGRO Logistics Park Northampton.
The development, which is currently in the early stages of construction, will provide five million sq ft of warehouse space. Supporting the rail terminal operation, Maritime will be making additional investments at the site, including the construction of a four-storey office with welfare facilities, new container handling equipment and provisions for electric truck and car charging infrastructure. In a separate agreement, SEGRO and Maritime have agreed terms to extend the rail facility at SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway, doubling the capacity of the terminal.
It is the first agreement signed since the designation of the East Midlands Freeport, UK’s only inland freeport. John Williams, executive chairman at Maritime, said: “These developments, at SEGRO Logistics Park Northampton and SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway, are important, long-term commitments for Maritime to reduce our environmental footprint by developing a network of low carbon, strategic freight connections across the country to promote modal shift from road to rail for container transport and for domestic distribution, with local distribution by electric-powered trucks. “Building and operating modern, inland rail freight interchanges, supported by the largest dedicated fleet of vehicles in the country, enables us to deliver terminal to terminal rail solutions and highly efficient rail to door and door to rail services for our customers who are looking for long term, supply chain protection and sustainable transport solutions.”
The original rail terminal at SEGRO Logistics Park Northampton opened in 2020 and has experienced significant growth, with an average of 10,000 containers moving through the terminal every month. The second phase, which will be completed by Q3 2023, will provide two additional rail sidings, a further 12 acres for container storage, parking for 115 HGVs and a 20,000 sq ft office and welfare building. Andrew Pilsworth, managing director of national logistics at SEGRO, added: “Following the successful growth and operation of the first rail freight terminal at SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway, it’s great to have Maritime on board to deliver the next phase at the site as well as the purpose-built strategic rail interchange at SEGRO Logistics Park Northampton.
“Both locations will serve as critical links in UK supply chains and connect to the country’s rail network and ports, creating greater efficiency and resilience as well as supporting local economic growth.”