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Go ahead given for West Midlands rail hub

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The government has given the green light for the construction of a new rail freight hub on land adjacent to the M6 motorway in Staffordshire.

Known as the West Midlands Strategic Rail Freight Interchange it will link to the motorway and the West Coast Mainline.

The hub is set to be built near the village of Gailey and will allow for the transfer of goods between lorries and trains and requires the creation of a freight terminal, container storage, heavy goods vehicle parking, rail-served warehouses and ancillary buildings.

Construction is expected to start in 2021 and is currently expected to be phased over 15 years.

Preliminary works will include new roads, bridges and drainage infrastructure, extensive earthworks, landscaping and utilities works.

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