Work has started on creating a massive rail freight interchange near East Midlands Airport that will eventually create more than 7,000 jobs.
Developer Roxhill has begun work on the first phase of the East Midlands Gateway, which is a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) near Castle Donington.
Winvic Construction, which is carrying out the work on behalf of Roxhill, is now on site, with the opening phase to be completed by October.
East Midlands Gateway is a government-backed scheme which is being built across six phases with all work due to be completed by the end of 2019. Once finished, the Gateway will provide up to six million sq ft of new distribution and storage buildings and a freight terminal that could candle up to sixteen trains per day.
Chris Hobson, director of policy at the East Midlands Chamber, said: "The East Midlands Gateway Strategic Rail Freight Interchange will unlock the huge economic benefits that come with the creation of 7,000 new jobs, will have a positive impact on the local distribution and logistics sector and will strengthen the region's offering as a key business location to inward investors.”
"We make things here in the East Midlands that are sold throughout the UK, the EU and beyond. The area between Derby, Nottingham and Leicester is a real sweet spot for infrastructure development, with the potential to become a fulcrum for economic growth in years ahead.”