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Thousands of jobs could be on the cards at a leading logistics company based near East Midlands Airport.

SEGRO Logistics Park at East Midlands Gateway, has been selected as an operator for a rail freight terminal and will see the job boost.

The 22.5 acre rail terminal will be capable of handling up to 16, 775 metre-long freight trains daily and will provide storage capacity for over approximately 55,000 pallets of cargo.

SEGRO has agreed a 25-year lease with Maritime Transport to operate the Strategic Rail Freight Interchange.

A purpose built 20,000 sq ft office will become the rail headquarters and will house operations staff, state-of-the-art training facilities and parking for a fleet of up to 100 trucks.

Completion of the rail freight terminal is expected later this year and the office element in summer 2020.

As well as providing critical infrastructure for the logistics supply chain, the development will create 7,250 jobs, 900 construction jobs and 3,000 indirect jobs.

It will be the first rail freight interchange in the East Midlands and will connect to the Castle Donington freight line, providing direct access to the UK’s network of Rail Freight Interchanges and all major UK Ports.

Andrew Pilsworth, SEGRO business unit director National Logistics, said: “We are thrilled to have signed Maritime Transport as the rail freight operator at SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway and to be the home for their Rail HQ operations.

“Strategic Rail Freight Interchanges are recognised by the Government has being nationally important, both economically and environmentally.”

Simon Smart, CEO of Maritime Transport, said: “Our intention is to use our logistics expertise to attract a significant number of new rail services to the terminal by offering a cost effective, highly reliable and environmentally efficient intermodal product.”

The site is strategically located with Nottingham 13 miles to the north-east, Leicester 20 miles to the south and Derby 14 miles to the north west.