NETWORK Rail has announced plans for a 300,000-sq ft national road haulage distribution centre on the site of the former Peugeot plant at Ryton-on-Dunsmore.
The state-owned company, which is responsible for railway track and other aspects of the network, says the £25 million centre will create around 100 jobs when it opens in July 2013, as well as construction jobs while it is being built.
The centre is intended as a hub for Network Rail’s National Delivery Service (NDS), positioned at a convenient location for major main lines and with direct access to the A45 and the motorway network, as well as centralising previously leased properties in Lichfield, Worcester and Ludgershall and reducing road fleet mileage.
Network Rail NDS director Martin Elwood said: “Network Rail’s first preference is to transport goods by rail.
“This is not always the right solution so we have an extensive road fleet to transport goods and equipment to our work sites and depots.
“By bringing the logistics for this together at Ryton we can offer a more effective and efficient service for Network Rail.
“This will mean reduced costs and faster turnaround times when we do work on the railway.”
The site is being acquired from Prologis, who had previously hoped to develop it for warehousing, and is expected to open in July 2013.
The former Peugeot car plant was closed in 2006. Originally it produced aircraft engines during the Second World War.