The West Midlands Interchange is a proposed Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) with warehousing and other associated development that would be built on land west of Junction 12 of the M6 in southern Staffordshire.
The West Midlands Interchange will be linked directly to the West Coast Mainline, one of the country’s principal freight routes, and will be well placed to serve Birmingham, the northern M6 corridor, Staffordshire and parts of Warwickshire.
When built, it will provide around 743,200 square metres (sq m) of new rail-served warehousing and room for the region’s important logistics industry to grow. These proposals would create up to 8,550 new jobs in South Staffordshire.
A Strategic Rail Freight Interchange is something the West Midlands has needed for a long time. Markets are increasingly global and our strong manufacturing and exporting businesses will need faster, more reliable transport links in future to stay competitive at home and abroad.
Rail freight is also a sustainable approach.
Tonne for tonne, transporting goods by rail produces 70% less carbon dioxide, up to 15 times lower nitrogen oxide emissions and nearly 90% lower PM10 emissions than by road. This could also help ease congestion in the region by removing the need for thousands of HGV journeys from the M6.
We carried out our main statutory consultation from 5 July 2017 to 30 August 2017 and then a focused consultation between 23 November 2017 and 2 January 2018. We have read and considered every response and comment you gave us as part of these consultations and, together with the results of further surveys and assessments, used this information to review and improve our proposals. As a result, we are making a number of improvements to the proposals including enhancing the green infrastructure of the scheme through expanding Calf Heath Community Park and widening ecological corridors within this site.
We are in the process of finalising our application with the intention of submitting it as soon as possible.