14:28 Monday 30 December 2013

Consultation on railhead plans to begin in March

Written byROB SMYTH

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DETAILS of a consultation over proposals for a massive new rail freight interchange in South Derbyshire have been revealed.

The public consultation into the Egginton railhead scheme, that could potentially create 6,000 jobs, will begin in March.

The long-mooted proposals for the railhead are for 619 acres of land flanked by the A50 and A38 at Egginton and Etwall Common.

A spokesman for the project told the Mail: “Goodman Shepherd have now appointed a full technical planning team and they will commence the technical analysis required to support the formal planning process.

“A full public and stakeholder consultation will be undertaken in early 2014.

“Before the formal public consultation the developers will be consulting South Derbyshire District Council and neighbouring Parish Councils.”

The consultation events will outline the plans for the East Midlands Intermodal Park.

The plans would allow freight to be transported increasingly by rail networks.

The only new track required would be within the development and road access would be from the A50 roundabout.

The developer is aiming to complete local consultation and be able to submit a planning application by autumn 2014.

Charles Crossland, managing director, Goodman UK Logistics, said the scheme was an ‘exciting opportunity’ to create a ‘major new rail connected distribution site in a prime location’.

He said: “From an economic viewpoint, the new strategic rail freight hub will act as a stimulus to attract further investment into the area and enhance the region’s reputation as a key business location.”

Etwall ward councillor on South Derbyshire District Council, Councillor Lisa Brown said: “Residents obviously will have great concerns about its environmental impacts but balanced against that is the need to create jobs and move off the road to rail. We will have to see when we see the plans.”

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