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Go Ahead For West Midlands Interchange Development

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Rail Technology Magazine.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Expansion for a new Strategic Rail Freight Interchange and other supporting infrastructure works near Junction 12 of the M6 motorway in South Staffordshire District has been given development consent.

This Google Map shows the location of the West Midlands Interchange.


  1. Junction 12 of the M6, where it connects with the A5 is in the North-East corner of the map.
  2. The village of Four Ashes is in the South-West corner of the map.
  3. The Birmingham Loop of the West Coast Main Line runs North-South between Four Ashes and Gailey.
  4. The railway is double-track and electrified.
  5. There are typically about four passenger trains per hour (tph) in both directions along the railway.

The developers of the West Midlands interchange have ambitious plans according to this extract of their home page.

West Midlands Interchange is a proposed Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) with warehousing and other associated development that would be built on land west of Junction 12 of the M6 in South Staffordshire.

West Midlands Interchange will be linked directly to the West Coast Main Line, one of the country’s principal rail freight routes, and will be well placed to serve the West Midlands, the Black Country, Staffordshire, Birmingham, the northern M6 corridor and parts of Warwickshire.

When built, it will provide up to 743,200 square metres (sq m) of new rail-served and rail-linked warehousing allowing the region’s important logistics industry to grow. The scheme will create 8,550 direct jobs boosting opportunities for people in South Staffordshire, the Black Country, the West Midlands and other surrounding areas.

As the railway is electrified, they also have the chance to use electric haulage for freight trains serving the interchange.

May 7, 2020 - Posted by | Transport | ,

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