iPort Rail to become operational in January


UK’s newest intermodal inland rail freight hub nears completion

Port Rail in Doncaster will become operational in January 2018, making it the UK’s newest intermodal inland rail freight hub. Set to transform the rail freight industry with a state-of-the-art facility within 7 hours of all UK deep water ports, it will rank in the top 5 of UK inland ports in terms of size and capacity.

iPort Rail is located on a 30-acre site within the 337-acre iPort logistics park, providing an independently-operated, high volume, secure container facility with 24/7 access for customers.

It will accommodate maximum UK train lengths, with one 800m reception siding, two 400m length handling sidings and a head-shunt and refuge siding, handling up to 6 trains per day. The site currently has 1,500 TEUs storage capacity, rising to 3,000 in future phases when sidings will also increase. It also has a reach stacker operation (115 tonne front axle load) and Channel Tunnel (SACTFF) approved secure facility for international movements.

Steve Freeman, Managing Director of iPort Rail, said: “This is going to be a market-leading rail freight hub, with state-of-the-art facilities that will minimise downtime and link quickly both nationally and internationally.

“The site is now in its final phase of completion and is connected to the national rail and motorway networks. Network Rail is currently finalising signalling installations and then we will be up and running.

“There is already a great deal of interest – not just from the main operators who like our independent offer, but other businesses drawn by being integrated into the wider iPort hub.”

The iPort logistics hub offers 6 million sq ft of logistics accommodation with Amazon, CEVA, Fellowes and Lidl already committed to space and a remaining 3.27 million sq ft to be brought forward over the coming years. Build to suit opportunities are available from 50,000 sq ft to 1 million sq ft and speculative development is ongoing.