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Shepherd Group plans Derbyshire rail freight scheme

Shepherd Group and property developer Goodman have announced plans to develop a 5m sq ft rail freight terminal in Derbyshire.

The site in Etwall, Derbyshire, is located between the M1 and the M6 and adjacent to the A50 and A38. It is also next to Toyota’s UK manufacturing plant.

Shepherd Group and Goodman will work with site owner Etwall Land to deliver the scheme, which will incorporate 5m sq ft of manufacturing and distribution space.

Once constructed, the rail freight interchange is expected to create up to 6,000 jobs and enable the region’s businesses to produce and deliver goods to the wider UK and international market.

A public consultation process in respect of the project will commence immediately.

Shepherd Group built environment chief executive Mark Perkins said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to transform sustainable transport links for the region for the benefit of existing businesses while also encouraging inward investment and creating jobs for the local community.

“Shepherd Group has a strong in-house capability for delivering strategic development projects while acting sensitively and responsibly towards the environments in which it operates,” he added.

Goodman UK Logistics managing director Charles Crossland commented: “Goodman has much experience in developing this kind of scheme throughout the world, and this site offers enormous potential, subject to planning, for businesses looking to benefit from the site’s excellent location and transport links.

“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.”

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