Strategic Rail Freight Interchange - EM Gateway

Strategic Rail Freight Interchange - EM Gateway





New Build


Civil Engineering
Flood Risk
Rail Track
Transport Planning
Infrastructure Design


East Midlands Gateway is a nationally significant infrastructure project. This £500m logistics park, privately financed by SEGRO, will create over 7000 jobs. It is centrally located at the hub of the regions strategic road network adjacent to East Midlands Airport. The enabling infrastructure works included a rail link and extensive highway works, including major improvements to M1 junction 24 and the provision of a new bypass for the village of Kegworth that included a new bridge over the M1 Motorway.

The project was granted its Development Consent Order in January 2016. The £100million enabling infrastructure works started in 2017 and completed in 2020. All programme milestones were achieved on time or ahead of programme. The scale and extent of the enabling infrastructure works is huge. The landform shaping to provide development plots, rail-port and screening bunds was a major feat of civil engineering. The rail connection was commissioned during 2019 and the rail-port is now fully operational with the second phase under construction to cope with burgeoning demand for rail-served logistics.

Constructing this major development to budget and programme demanded a collaborative working approach that sets a new benchmark for the UK logistics sector.

A bespoke asset management system, developed and hosted by BWB, is being used to monitor and maintain the EMG estate during its lifecycle.

Key Challenges

The works are tightly constrained and the design process required agreement of several departures from geometric standards with the Highways Agency.

Earthworks Strategy: BWB's earthworks strategy for the main development site involves the movement of 4 million cubic metres of material whilst achieving an on-site cut/fill balance.


Simon Hilditch

Simon Hilditch
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