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Maritime Transport (Maritime) has agreed terms with SEGRO to become the rail operator at SEGRO Logistics Park Northampton. The deal, which includes the long-term lease of a new, 17-acre intermodal rail terminal and wider management role for Maritime, covering the rail infrastructure on the Logistics Park, will provide occupiers at Northampton and in the East Midlands with new, low carbon freight connections from UK container ports and other inland rail terminals with capacity for up to 16 daily trains, when fully operational.

The 775m long, open access, strategic rail freight interchange, capable of receiving the largest container freight trains with storage capacity for almost 2,500 TEU (20 ft equivalent containers) and parking for over 125 trucks, will be delivered by SEGRO as part of the infrastructure for SEGRO Logistics Park Northampton, its state-of-the-art logistics hub located four miles from Northampton and adjacent to Junction 15 of the M1. The development, which is currently in the early stages of construction, will deliver 5 million sq ft of modern warehouse space, on completion.

Supporting the rail terminal operation, Maritime will be making additional investments at the site, including the construction of a high specification, 4-storey office with welfare facilities, new container handling equipment and provisions for electric truck and car charging infrastructure.

In a separate agreement, SEGRO and Maritime have agreed terms to extend the rail facility at SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway, doubling the capacity of the terminal. It is the first agreement signed since the designation of the East Midlands Freeport, UK’s only inland freeport.

The original rail terminal at the Logistics Park opened in 2020 and has seen substantial growth, with an average of 10,000 containers moving through the terminal every month. The second phase, which will be delivered by Q3 2023, will provide two additional rail sidings, a further 12 acres for container storage, parking for 115 HGVs and a new 20,000 sq ft office and welfare building. The terminal currently operates six trains a day to locations including Felixstowe, Liverpool, London Gateway and Southampton. All occupiers at SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway, including a diverse mix of businesses such as Kuehne + Nagel, Arvato, Games Workshop and DHL, currently make use of the rail terminal at the site.

Andrew Pilsworth, Managing Director, National Logistics at SEGRO said:

“Rail freight is proven to be an efficient, reliable and more sustainable method for transporting goods across the UK and has a key role to play as the UK transitions to lower carbon growth.

“Following the successful growth and operation of the first rail freight terminal at SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway, it’s great to have Maritime on board to deliver the next phase at the site as well as the purpose-built strategic rail interchange at SEGRO Logistics Park Northampton. Both locations will serve as critical links in UK supply chains and connect to the country’s rail network and ports, creating greater efficiency and resilience as well as supporting local economic growth.”

John Williams, Executive Chairman at Maritime, said:

“These developments, at SEGRO Logistics Park Northampton and SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway, are important, long-term commitments for Maritime to reduce our environmental footprint by developing a network of low carbon, strategic freight connections across the country to promote modal shift from road to rail for container transport and for domestic distribution, with local distribution by electric-powered trucks.

“Building and operating modern, inland rail freight interchanges, supported by the largest dedicated fleet of vehicles in the country, enables us to deliver terminal to terminal rail solutions and highly efficient rail to door and door to rail services for our customers who are looking for long term, supply chain protection and sustainable transport solutions.”

Notes to editors:

About SEGRO

SEGRO is a UK Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), listed on the London Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris, and is a leading owner, manager and developer of modern warehouses and industrial property. It owns or manages 9.6 million square metres of space (103 million square feet) valued at £21.3 billion serving customers from a wide range of industry sectors. Its properties are located in and around major cities and at key transportation hubs in the UK and in seven other European countries.

For over 100 years SEGRO has been creating the space that enables extraordinary things to happen. From modern big box warehouses, used primarily for regional, national and international distribution hubs, to urban warehousing located close to major population centres and business districts, it provides high-quality assets that allow its customers to thrive.

A commitment to be a force for societal and environmental good is integral to SEGRO’ purpose and strategy. Its Responsible SEGRO framework focuses on three long-term priorities where the company believes it can make the greatest impact: Championing Low-Carbon Growth, Investing in Local Communities and Environments and Nurturing Talent.

See www.SEGRO.com for further information.

About Maritime

Maritime is the largest, privately owned, intermodal (road/rail) logistics operator in the UK. Established in its current form in 2001 under the leadership of Executive Chairman, John Williams, the company has grown from small beginnings to a £500m turnover, asset-rich business with over 40 sites, including a network of strategic rail freight terminals at: Birmingham Intermodal Freight Terminal (BIFT), East Midlands Gateway Logistics Park, Manchester (Euroterminal), Mossend (Eurocentral), Tilbury and Wakefield (Europort) as well as at SEGRO Logistics Park Northampton, under construction.

Today, the company employs 3,000 skilled, permanent personnel across its sites and operates a state-of-the-art fleet of 1,600 Euro 6 trucks and 50+ of the latest, advanced container handlers, which together form the backbone of its UK operations to provide customers with supply chain service, security and choice for first and final miles. With 27 daily rail services, Maritime has a proven, track record as an intermodal operator, developing and delivering low carbon, container logistics solutions and pioneering the modal shift of UK domestic distribution from road to rail.

See www.maritimetransport.com for further information.

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