The Secretary of State for Transport has approved the Development Consent Order for the proposed new West Midlands Interchange (WMI) in Staffordshire.
There is now a six-week period in which the decision may be challenged in the High Court, a legal process known as a Judicial Review.
The WMI is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project that will be located at Junction 12 of the M6. The development will include:
- An intermodal freight terminal with direct connections to the West Coast Main Line, capable of accommodating up to 10 trains per day and trains of up to 775m long, including container storage, Heavy Goods Vehicle (‘HGV’) parking, rail control building and staff facilities;
- Up to 743,200 square metres (gross internal area) of rail served warehousing and ancillary service buildings;
- New road infrastructure and works to the existing road infrastructure;
- Demolition of existing structures and earthworks to create development plots and landscape zones;
- Reconfiguring and burying of existing overhead power lines and pylons;
- Strategic landscaping and open space, including alterations to public rights of way and the creation of new ecological enhancement areas and publicly accessible open areas.
The project is being led by Kilbride Holdings along with Grosvenor Group and local landowner Piers Monckton. The partners of Four Ashes Limited are committed to delivering a rail-served development which will bring significant sustainable social and economic benefits to South Staffordshire, the Black Country and the wider region, through responsible design and by taking into account community interests and environmental considerations.