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A1 What is the Scheme?

It consists of:

  • A rail freight terminal accommodating 12 to 16 trains per day and trains of up to 775m in length
  • Up to 6 million square feet of warehousing
  • A new rail line connecting the terminal to the Castle Donington branch freight only line
  • Major road improvements
  • Earthworks to create development plots and landscape zones
  • Strategic landscaping and open space, including alterations to public rights of way and the creation of new, publicly accessible, open areas

The major road improvements consist of:

  • A new junction on the A453 to provide access into the East Midlands Gateway site and to connect to the Kegworth Bypass
  • A public transport interchange at the site entrance, adjacent to the entrance roundabout
  • A major upgrade to Junctions 24 and 24A of the M1 which includes a direct connection from the A50 Eastbound to M1 Southbound
  • Alterations to the local road network to maintain access into Lockington
  • A southern bypass for Kegworth
A2 When will construction works start and finish?
  • The Development commenced on 9th January 2017
  • Works to the A453, A50 and M1 Junctions 24 & 24A are scheduled to be completed in Autumn 2018 and the Kegworth Bypass in Summer 2019
  • Construction of the major warehouse buildings are due to commence in Autumn 2017 and are likely to be completed by 2024
  • The rail terminal will be available for use by January 2020
A3 When will the first warehouse be Occupied?

The first warehouse was occupied in Spring of 2019


AA02 Will Ashby Road be closed when the bypass opens?

The Kegworth Bypass was completed Nov 2018 and there is no longer access from Ashby Road to the A453, other than for buses, cyclists and pedestrians

AA03 How will we gain access to Lockington after the works are complete?

Church Street and Main Street will be closed at their junctions with the A50 and a replacement access road will be provided. Please refer to the development website

AA04 How will we gain access to the Hilton Hotel?

A local road has been provided from the M1 Junction 24 roundabout to directly access the hotel


PR01 Who do we contact about the Development?

Please email your query to:

PR03 How does the Developer communicate with the Local Community?

The main vehicle for communicating with the local community is our website and the established Community Form. Attendees include representatives from:

  • Kegworth Parish Council
  • Lockington cum Hemington Parish Council
  • Castle Donington Parish Council
  • Long Whatton & Diseworth Parish Council
  • North West Leicestershire District Council
  • Leicestershire County Council
PR04 How do we find out what is going on?

Please see our website


PT01 What changes will there be to public transport during construction?

There will be some local diversions of Skylink services which go via Kegworth, which are necessary to create the new access junction to the development

PT02 What changes will there be to public transport once the development is occupied?

The detail of specific bus service improvements will be agreed by a steering group during the course of development, but current proposals are for an extension of the my15 service from Ilkeston to the development, plus enhancements to the Skylink services. The development will facilitate a new bus interchange at the site access junction, which will connect passengers using Skylink services with a site-wide shuttle bus, providing direct access to each individual warehouse

PT03 Will my bus route be affected?

There will be some local diversions of Skylink services which go via Kegworth, which are necessary to create the new access junction to the development. Please refer to your bus operator for further details.


RW01 How will public rights of way be affected?

The scheme requires diversion of several rights of way. For rights of way currently affected by the works please see our website


T1 When will the first train arrive?

The terminal is scheduled to be available for freight trains from Q1 2020

T2 Will passenger trains use the Terminal?

The terminal is for freight trains only. The nearest passenger station is East Midlands Parkway.

T3 How is the scheme affected by HS2?

The safeguarded HS2 proposal is for a high speed line to run between Kegworth and the M1 and not through the development site. The Kegworth Bypass has been completed and HS2 are aware of this. There will be no connection from HS2 into the rail freight terminal Please see for further information on HS2.