Next step for DIRFT expansion plans

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Plans for the proposed expansion of Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) are to be considered by the Planning Inspectorate.

The announcement was made after the plans were resubmitted in February this year. A final decision is expected in 2014.

The regeneration and redevelopment of the former Radio Station site – land to the east of the A5 between Lilbourne and Crick – would see a new large-scale rail-served logistics development and provide up to 9,000 jobs.

Plans require a new rail line to be built from the new Tesco unit at the Half Way House roundabout across the A5.

Land to the west of the A5, has been earmarked for a new urban extension with thousands of homes and new employment areas built on land up to the edge of DIRFT and the A5.