Rail Freight hub public consultation
Added at 11:15 on 20 January 2022
A public consultation for the proposed Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange has begun today.
Tritax Symmetry's consultation on their Rail Freight Interchange proposals is now open for residents to have their say over the next eight weeks. Information can be found at www.hinckleynrfi.co.uk/ or via the Community Information line on 0844 556 3002. Comments can be made until Wednesday 9 March 2022.
The proposed site is to the north-east of Hinckley - partially within the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough with the majority situated within the Blaby District – and would be based close to Junction 2 of the M69 to the north of Burbage Common.
The Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange is proposed to include:
- New rail infrastructure off the Leicester to Hinckley railway
• A rail port capable of accommodating up to 16 trains per day
- Up to 850,000 m2 of buildings for logistics use
- Lorry park with welfare facilities and HGV fuelling facilities
• Provision of south facing slip roads on to Junction 2 of the M69
- A new link road from the modified M69 Junction 2 to the B4668/A47 Leicester Road
- Improvements to existing highway junctions in the area around the site
• Landscaping including footpath and cycle links
It is understood that up to 16.18 hectares (equivalent to 40 acres) of land would be used for the construction of a rail terminal for the loading and unloading of freight trains under the proposals.
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council and Blaby District Council are statutory consultees and will not be deciding the application and any comments or questions should be directed to Tritax Symmetry representatives. Due to the size of the proposed development, it is classed as a "Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project" and any decision will be made by the Secretary of State for Transport.
As well as a website, the developers will also be holding a number of public events for people to take a look at the plans and talk to Tritax Symmetry representatives. These events are planned to be held both in public and virtually, depending on any potential Covid-19 restrictions.
In the Hinckley and Bosworth area, the consultation public events are as follows:
- Burbage Millennium Hall, Monday 24 Jan, 3pm-8pm
- George Ward Centre, Barwell, Friday 28 Jan, 2pm-8pm
- St Francis Community Centre, Hinckley, Saturday 29 Jan, 10am-1pm
- Ashby Road Sports Club, Hinckley, Monday 31 Jan, 2pm-8pm
There will also be webinars on Tuesday 25 Jan from 2pm-4pm and on Wednesday 2 Feb from 6pm-8pm. Register at www.hinckleynrfi.co.uk/ to attend.