Developing Rail Freight Terminals

Developing Rail Freight Terminals


G Smith, Halcrow, UK



Government Transport Policy identifies a key role for freight interchange in meeting the aspirations for sustainable transport and development. The Strategic Rail Authority?s Rail Freight Strategy identifies a key role for Local Authorities in identifying and protecting rail freight terminals from development and promoting their use. But how can the public sector plan for activities wholly within the private sector? What land is required and where should opportunities be protected? This paper examines the issues in promoting modal shift in freight transport and looks in detail at the types of rail freight activity that local authorities need to provide for, how to assess the market and localrequirements and how to protect and promote sites. The paper will draw on a number of studies recently carried out for both the public and private sectors, including the development of the Gloucestershire Rail Freight Strategy and recent Eastchurch public inquiry where a key issue related to the protection of land for development of a rail freight terminal. Thepaper will cover the issues of rail capacity, market assessment, infrastructure and operations and draw on examples across the UK.

The paper will describe the methodology employed and results of the recently completed studies. It willprovide a case study to increase the understanding of other professionals seeking to transfer freight from road to rail and will highlight key issues for the industry partners for discussion.


Association for European Transport