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Our buildings are located on Prologis Parks, which we own, manage and maintain. At every Prologis Park, we aim to provide our customers with a high quality working environment and park-wide services designed to support their business operations.
Prologis RFI DIRFT is recognised as the most successful rail freight interchange and logistics park in the UK. Located at the centre of the country, DIRFT is close to the West Coast Mainline railway and the M1 motorway. Infrastructure work has started on the third phase of the development, which has detailed planning permission for 7.9 million sq ft of logistics space and a new rail terminal.
Prologis Park West London is situated just 1.5 miles from the M4 and is strategically located to serve Heathrow airport, greater London, the Thames valley and beyond
Customer Case Studies
Back in 2006, when we acquired Severn Trent Water Property Ltd, we became owners of the open access rail terminal at the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT). In the centre of the country, close to the West Coast Mainline Railway and Junction 18 of the M1 motorway, DIRFT has always been a prime intermodal logistics location.
The Severn Trent portfolio also included the neighbouring site, so because a growing number of our customers were interested in using rail as part of their logistics operations, we developed a second phase, which is now known as Prologis RFI DIRFT.
Phase two comprised three plots, which are now let to Tesco (840,000 square feet); Sainsbury’s (1 million square feet) and Eddie Stobart (420,000 square feet). Each company is using rail to transport goods; their reasons for doing so are similar, but they are all taking a different approach.
Sustainability: Transporting goods by rail can help companies reduce their environmental impact. Tesco, for example saves 14 million road miles a year and 9.3 million kg of CO2 a year by using rail freight.
Cost effective: One gallon of diesel can move a tonne of freight 246 miles by rail, but only 88 miles by road. Further, the increasing electrification of the rail network provides a hedge against any future increase in the cost of diesel.
Reliability: Traffic on the rail network is planned and timed and it is therefore more reliable than the roads. Tesco has been operating its rail network since 2006 and it achieves 98% on-time deliveries.
Robin has overall responsibility for Prologis' development, leasing and operating portfolios in the Midlands and North markets.