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DIRFT III

Project Overview

In July 2014, the British Government gave the green light for an expansion to the existing Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal to provide a new rail link to a replacement intermodal terminal, transshipment sidings, container storage, HGV parking and up to 731,000 sqm of rail served storage and distribution facilities. The completed development will provide jobs for around 9,000 people and first occupation is anticipated in 2016 / early 2017.

The Planning Act 2008 introduced a new planning regime for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs), including major transport related schemes. DIRFT III is the first Strategic Rail Freight Interchange to secure consent through this process and will be the largest rail-linked logistics development in the UK.

Our Approach

Vectos acted as transport consultant to RRSLP and Prologis UK for DIRFT III and played a critical role in both the preparation of the Development Consent Order (DCO) application and throughout the Examination itself.

Our role included development of a comprehensive transport strategy, which was based on a significant number of employees travelling to the site by non-car modes, particularly DIRFT III specific bus services. A package of off-site improvements was agreed, including new facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, along with junction improvements to mitigate the impacts of employee and operational vehicles. A complex microsimulation model of the highway network was used to assess the potential impacts and this also accounted for the cumulative effects of developing the adjacent proposed urban extension.