Overview

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Overview

Location

Our Proposals

Planning

Parkside East will connect the North West to the UK’s coastal ports and global markets, facilitating a modal shift in freight transportation from road to rail, reducing the number of lorries from roads and supporting the government’s commitment to Net Zero.

Tritax is proposing to bring forward a new intermodal Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) project with warehousing at Parkside East in Newton-le-Willows. The project represents a multi-million pound investment that will drive economic growth and create thousands of jobs as well as supporting further employment through the supply chain.

Parkside East will be considered a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and will require a Development Consent Order (DCO). The DCO process (as governed by the Planning Act 2008 and associated Regulations) prescribes the requirements for statutory consultation with the public. We plan to undertake an informal non-statutory public consultation early in 2025, with formal, statutory consultation planned towards the end of 2025.

We are launching our project now in advance of informal consultation to introduce our plans to stakeholders and the local community. This approach will ensure there are multiple opportunities for the local community to engage with the project as it evolves and prior to its consideration by the Secretary of State, via the Planning Inspectorate.

Key Benefits

Connecting the North West to global markets:
Parkside East will deliver a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) that connects the North West to global markets. Strategically located between Liverpool and Manchester the site benefits from access to the UK’s West Coast Main Line (north-south) and Transpennine (east-west) rail infrastructure. These rail links provide access to the UK’s coastal ports, facilitating a shift from road to rail freight transport to move goods in and out of the North West.
An allocated site that will help to deliver Liverpool City Region's Freeport:
Parkside East is an integral part of Liverpool City Region’s Freeport, a special economic zone created by government to boost investment. The proposal site has been allocated in St Helens Borough Council’s Local Plan for the development of an SRFI and Tritax’s proposals will realise the local, regional and national ambition for the site.
Delivering investment and unlocking thousands of jobs:
Parkside East represents a multi-million-pound investment opportunity that will create thousands of job opportunities for local people, including apprenticeships, driving growth and investment in skills for the region’s young people. The project’s construction would also support thousands of further jobs through the local supply chain.
Providing economic and environmental freight solutions:
Parkside East is a development strategically designed to promote the switch of freight from road to rail. This commitment aligns with the Government's vision, as set out in the National Networks National Policy Statement (NNNPS) for Strategic Rail Freight Interchanges (SRFIs) to reduce traffic congestion and deliver environmental and economic benefits.

Tritax is proposing to bring forward a new intermodal SRFI project with warehousing at Parkside East in Newton-le-Willows.

SRFI stands for Strategic Rail Freight Interchange. These are modern distribution and warehouse parks that are linked to both the rail and trunk road systems. Typically, they include a rail terminal for the loading and unloading of goods between trains and trucks, direct road access and warehousing for the storage sorting and distribution of goods.

Due to the national importance of the proposed development, it is classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). This means to gain consent for the project we will be submitting a Development Consent Order (DCO).

The Parkside East project will deliver an intermodal SRFI of local, regional and national importance:

  • Locally: SRFIs play a critical role in enhancing transportation efficiency and connectivity. Typically they allow the use of rail for long-haul journeys and for roads to handle the secondary and final delivery legs of the freight journey.
  • Regionally: SRFIs act as hubs for freight distribution connecting different regions of the United Kingdon.
  • Nationally: SRFIs link regions of the United Kingdom with global markets.

The Parkside East site is located near to Newton-le-Willows, St Helens, midway between the cities of Manchester and Liverpool, to the east of the M6 Junction 22.

The site benefits from both road and rail access, located to the east of the M6 Junction 22 and near to the M6/M62 interchange at Junction 21a. It is adjacent to the West Coast Mainline (north-south) and Transpennine (east-west) railway lines, providing access to the UK’s coastal ports and global markets, facilitating a shift from road to rail freight transport to move goods in and out of the North West.

St Helen’s Council promoted the site for an SRFI through the Local Plan process and the allocation was formalised upon adoption of the Local Plan in 2022. In addition to the Local Plan process, the Parkside East site forms part of the Liverpool City Region Freeport. A Freeport is a designated area within the UK’s borders where specific economic regulations apply aimed at promoting trade, investment, job creation and innovation.

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Planning Process Timeline

Q1 2025 Informal Non statutory consultation

Q4 2025 Statutory Consultation

Q1 2026 Submission

Q3 2026 Acceptance

Q3/4 2026 Examination

Q1 2027 Decision

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