iPort Rail wins Rail Industry Innovation Award


We’re delighted to report that our first rail freight terminal development iPort Rail in Doncaster has won the Major Project of the Year category at this year’s Rail Industry Innovation Awards.

This is the first inland rail freight terminal to be open and operation for a decade – a major milestone for Verdion and the whole team involved. Congratulations to everyone and to the other winners and nominees at Friday’s event.

Progress in the last twelve months has been significant. Our first rail service started in September, a week after iPort Rail’s formal opening by HRH The Princess Royal. Since then, routes to and from Felixstowe have started and PD Ports has confirmed a third service – to and from Teesport. More routes are expected to follow by the end of the year too.

iPort Rail sits at the heart of iPort, Verdion’s UK flagship development, which is already home to Amazon, CEVA, Fellowes and Lidl in an established logistics location supported by a strong local workforce. Further build-to-suit opportunities are accompanied by a speculative development programme, with smaller units available in rapid timeframes for those focussed on speed to market.

Intermodality is a major part of the terminal’s success to date. 87% of the mainland UK population is located within a four-hour drivetime. The East Coast ports are less than one hour away, and the country’s deep-water ports can all be reached in around seven hours. The M18, A1, M1 and Doncaster Sheffield Airport are all in easy reach.

“This is a state-of-the-art facility, capable of handling the UK’s longest trains, and a central part of iPort’s success,” said Michael Hughes, CEO of Verdion.

“With the logistics sector thriving, rail freight is rightly getting more attention – not least because each freight train journey takes at least 70 HGVs off our road network with many fewer harmful emissions.

“From this great start, we’re expecting iPort Rail to go from strength to strength as more businesses regionally and nationally see the difference it can make to their supply chains.”