14 Jun '16, 1pm

Consultation launched on key West Midlands rail freight hub @CBTransport

The rail freight terminal at Four Ashes would be built on land near the M6 and linked directly to the West Coast Mainline, one of the country’s principal rail freight routes. The terminal will boost the West Midlands economy by creating up to 8,500 green jobs; reducing lorry congestion and collisions; and improving air quality. Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager, said: “Terminals are the freight equivalent of stations for passengers. Without more terminals in the right locations near population centres with good road and rail links, rail freight cannot expand its market and reduce the adverse impacts of freight distribution. Interchanges like Four Ashes could realise a step change in the use of rail for transporting consumer products as they allow rail to compete with HGVs by reducing costs. Each freight train out of this hub could remove 75 HGVs from the congested ...

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