Hinckley national rail freight interchange

NEWS: Application Submitted by Tritax Symmetry for an Order granting Development Consent for the Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange (12th Nov 2020). See the application and details here.

What is the Hinckley national rail freight interchange (HNRFI)?

A huge industrial warehouse complex –  expected to consist of 850,000 square metres of warehouses including a 1,500,000 square foot warehouse which would be the largest building in Leicestershire. The rail interchange would also be capable of accommodating trains half a mile in length – and is expected to operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

From Tritax Symmetry website https://tritaxsymmetry.com/projects/hinckley-national-rail-freight-interchange/

How big is it? 

In area it would be about 440 acres  – which would currently dwarf Stoney Stanton.

To put this it into perspective HNRFI will cover an area 5 times the size of that being built along the A5 near Hinckley Island (Hinckley Park) – and it will have a warehouse 3 times the size of the largest one being built there. Take a look at this video showing the scale of Hinckley Park, multiply it by 5 and imagine the colossal size and devastation of the proposed HNRFI. Given the speculative nature of Hinckley Park, we should question whether it’s really necessary to build another warehousing facility so close?

Where exactly is it planned?

In a huge wedge of predominantly farmland, between the M69 and the Hinckley rail line next to Burbage Common – It will stretch from junction 2 of the M69 to Elmesthorpe.

What does this mean for our village and surrounding area?

The scale of scheme means it will have a considerable impact on the environment, landscape, and roads in the area:

Destroying the natural habitat for a huge numbers of different species

Decimating valuable farm and wood land forever

Increasing light, noise and environmental pollution to all surrounding villages

Increasing the traffic through Stoney Stanton to get to the HNRFI or many more commuters wanting to travel South on the M69

High levels of traffic pollution

Increased accident risk to the village centre

Thousands more HGV‟s to our already busy roads

Only expecting up to l0% of freight by rail, if any. The rest will be by road.

Jobs created will be minimal and over-time will be replaced by automation.

Take up to 15 years to build and cause massive disruption to our villages

Bring no economic value to the immediate area

What can I do about this?

1/ Please support the Stoney Stanton Action Group using the form above! We’ll help you to write to the right people at the right time and we’ll keep you informed every step of the way.

2/ Sign the Save Burbage Common petition. This is being organised by another group of people across villages near Burbage Common. They are challenging the policies involved in Rail Freight projects.