Thousands of new jobs in major DIRFT expansion

A HUGE expansion of Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) near Rugby could create up to 9,000 new jobs.

Land has been earmarked for the third proposed expansion of DIRFT to the north of the existing development, on the BT Rugby Radio Station site to the east of the A5.

It would include a new replacement rail terminal, around 714,000 sq metres of rail storage and distribution buildings, operational facilities including a rail control building, an on-site lorry park for 290 vehicles as well as large areas of green open space, including the proposed Lilbourne Meadows.

The 70 hectare Lilbourne Meadows would be created at the start of the project but the entire development is likely to be completed over 15 years and it could create around 9,000 new jobs.

Robin Woodbridge, first vice president for development at ProLogis, said: “Our vision for the expansion of Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal represents a fantastic opportunity to reinforce the local economy.

“It will create up to 9,000 new jobs while simultaneously reducing the amount of carbon produced by transporting the goods and products that we all rely on.”

Members of the public can attend a series of public exhibitions this month to find out more about the plans and put forward their own views.

Mr Woodbridge added: “From the outset, ProLogis and Rugby Radio Station Limited Partnership have sought to work in partnership with the local community and regional stakeholders to build a proposal that can deliver an exemplar facility of which the local area, wider region and country can be proud.

“I hope that as many local residents, community representatives and others with an interest in the development of DIRFT are able to attend the exhibitions and give us their views.”

Exhibitions will be held at the following locations this month: Lilbourne Village Hall, February 19, 2pm to 8pm; Holiday Inn, Crick, February 11, 12noon to 8pm; The C Station, Rugby Radio Station site, February 12, 10am to 4pm; Kilsby Village Hall, February 15, 4pm to 8pm; Barby Village Hall, February 17, 4pm to 8pm.

Members of the development team will be at the exhibitions to explain the plans and listen to feedback from the community.

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