Dirft site near Rugby to create over 900 jobs

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Ground has been broken on a major new industrial site for Rugby where 900 jobs will be created in the next two years.

Work has started on a major new Sainsbury’s distribution centre at Daventry international Rail Freight Terminal (Dirft) outside of Rugby that will create over 900 jobs and support the company’s growing merchandise business – which includs electronics, homewear, and other items not classed as groceries.

Ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of work on the new Sainsbury's distribution facility at the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT II), took place today (Friday). ''Pictured: Mark Pawsey MP, Ian Vincent (Daventry District Council), Ian Davis (Rugby Borough Council), Richard Flemming (Director of Logistics - Sainsbury's) & Chris Heaton-Harris MP.

Ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of work on the new Sainsbury's distribution facility at the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT II), took place today (Friday). ''Pictured: Mark Pawsey MP, Ian Vincent (Daventry District Council), Ian Davis (Rugby Borough Council), Richard Flemming (Director of Logistics - Sainsbury's) & Chris Heaton-Harris MP.

The one million sq ft facil-ity, which will open in 2015, is located at Prologis’ Dirft II expansion site on land between the A428 and the A5 on land originally occupied by the Halfway House inn and former Eddie Stob-bart depot.

The new warehouse will have both road and rail operations including a new intermodal terminal connected to the existing Dirft railway infrastructure.

The build will be sited next to Rugby’s 6,200 home development on the mast site, which is set to start being built in 2015, and Dirft III.

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey said: “While we hope that the new residents will form part of the existing town, we also hope many will be able to come across the A5 and take advantage of the many opportunities at Dirft.”