The dualled A43 link road has shortened journey times to the A14, and along the A14 itself significant upgrades are ongoing. These will substantially reduce journey times between Midlands Logistics Park and national markets.
The junction at Cathorpe is being replaced by new ‘free flow’ links that connect the M6 to the A14 and M1 to the A14 in both directions. This is dramatically improving capacity and reducing journey times at one of the most important interchanges in England.
Further improvements on the Cambridge to Huntingdon section will significantly improve the flow of traffic from the A14 to the M11, offering much quicker access via this route into London.
Access to the M1 south from the A14 is via the A43 and A45. The busiest section of the A43 will have been dualled by 2019, further improving journey times.
|Cathorpe interchange (A14/M6/M1)||54min||27.7 miles||(44.5km)|
|Felixstowe||3hr 11min||110 miles||(177.9km)|
|M25 J23 (London)||2hr 12min||72.9 miles||(117km)|
|London Gateway||3hr 12min||102 miles||(165km)|
|Birmingham||1hr 46min||58 miles||(94km)|
|M60 J3 (Manchester)||4hr 6min||136.4 miles||(219km)|
|Liverpool||4hr 17min||150 miles||(242km)|
Rail offers the potential for economies of scale, improved reliability and a more sustainable supply chain. It is growing in importance for logistics operations, and the bigger the logistics scheme, the bigger the potential benefits of its rail connection.
Not only is Midlands Logistics Park rail connected, the line itself is being improved. The rail link between Corby and Kettering, which is currently single track, is to be dualled, effectively doubling capacity.
The line is also to be electrified as part of Network Rail’s wider commitment to electrifying the entire Midland Main Line, a line it sees as “the vital long distance corridor that serves the UK’s industrial heartland”.
The bi-modal capacity of Midlands Logistics Park connects the scheme to this heartland, and to the country’s ports and population centres, in the most efficient and flexible way for occupiers.
The electrification of the Corby branch line will be completed by 2019.