DIRFT III Rail Infrastructure

A new state-of-the-art Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal at Prologis RFI DIRFT in Northamptonshire.

The scheme forms part of the 344-hectare extension to DIRFT III – enabling up to 850m long trains to carry freight in and out of the logistic park – and comprises significant earthworks, 79,000m2 concrete terminal slab, 9km rail track networked to the existing terminal and the West Coast Mainline, and three complex bridges.

At a glance

  • Project value: £29m
  • Client: Prologis UK
  • Architect: Stephen George & Partners
  • Engineer: RPS Engineering / Bonner Rail / Stantec
  • Programme: 80 weeks
  • Completion: January 2022

The Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal comprises a five track siding and a vast storage yard. The terminal is connected to the existing terminal and the West Coast Mainline, which traverses the A5 trunk road and a water course. In addition to these two bridges, the construction of a third structure will ensure pedestrians and cyclists have continued access over the new railway lines via a bridleway.

Winvic delivered a number of scheme elements:

  • 9km of rail track
  • 1600m of embedded rail
  • Five-track, 800m long siding
  • Rail Traverser installation to move trains perpendicularly from one track to the next
  • Rail Terminal Building
  • 5km of rail troughing and ducting
  • 21,000m3 of ballast
  • Over 10km fencing and barriers
  • 2,500m of drainage
  • 9km of rail track

  • 79,000m2 concrete terminal slab

  • 3 bridges

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