“We know that speed is often of the essence for our customers,” Oakley continues. “For this reason, DIRFT is ready to go and already benefits from over 30 MVA of electricity. This is an important consideration for our customers as power supply is crucial in the drive towards automation.”
Already home to brands including Tesco, Eddie Stobart, Sainsburys and Arcadia, 95% of the British population can be reached within a 4.5-hour drive of DIRFT. As a rail terminal DIRFT also benefits from excellent nationwide connectivity thanks to its location on the central section of the West Coast Main Line. This route stretches from Greater London to Edinburgh, linking the Midlands and the North West. A direct route to the Channel Tunnel extends the network to France and the rest of Mainland Europe.
In addition to the benefits for local industry, the local community close to DIRFT also benefit from increased employment opportunities, dedicated security and access to Lilbourne Meadows - a 193-acre nature reserve, which forms part of Prologis RFI DIRFT .
“A number of local residents are employed by the many companies at DIRFT,” said Josie Flavell of Crick Parish Council. “Prologis also contributes towards two police community support officers, organises litter removal, pays for cycling and pedestrian routes and financed a heritage board to be placed at the site of the old Kilsby and Crick railway.”