Work starts on rail interchange project which is expected to deliver 8,500 jobs

Work has started on the West Midlands Interchange project which is expected to deliver 8,500 jobs.

The developers say it will “revolutionise logistics” and be a significant investment boost to the West Midlands.

The new strategic rail freight interchange, near Gailey, Staffordshire, will also deliver up to eight million sq ft of commercial space when complete.

Oxford Properties and Logistics Capital Partners are bringing the project forward as a joint venture and Winvic Construction has been appointed main works contractor for the first phase.

Staffordshire County Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for economy and skills Philip White said: “The West Midlands Interchange is a huge development that will generate numerous and varied opportunities for years to come.”

The project, which features £1bn of direct investment, has a key focus on economic, environmental, and social benefits is expected to generate £430m local economic activity, as well as £900m nationally every single year.

James Boadle, head of logistics and European strategy at Oxford Properties, commented: “Demand for best-in-class logistics space that’s sustainable and well connected continues to significantly outstrip supply; especially in the UK’s ‘Golden Triangle’. With spades now in the ground, we are at the first step in the construction of this major project that we are undertaking alongside LCP.”

LCP managing partner, James Markby, said: “We look forward to delivering what will be a world leading logistics hub, with a new Strategic Rail Freight Interchange, while delivering significant economic benefit to the region and nationally, and creating a milestone example for private investment that materially contributes towards a carbon net zero future.”