Hyndburn Freight Rail Terminal, update from LCC
Monday 11th October 2021 - Graham Jones xMP

Lancashire County Council is currently evaluating a number of countywide options for inclusion within the second round bidding process. Options are being progressed for political consideration and final submission in the early part of 2022


Hello Graham,

Thanks for your email re: Huncoat. Sorry it's taken me a bit longer to get back to you on this one. I have been party to the discussions on the Huncoat Rail Freight Terminal in relation to the Garden Village masterplan and how the safeguarded piece of land for railway infrastructure interacts with the housing proposals east of Altham Lane, in particular the need for appropriate levels of screening between housing and any rail freight facility.

I understand that Hyndburn Borough Council is seeking to safeguard land for a rail freight terminal in this location and are set to continue the existing policy approach that seeks to safeguard the site. There are invariably some interdependencies between the freight terminal proposals and the development of the Colne to Skipton Railway line for passenger and freight traffic which will bolster the respective business cases. Although I would hope that a multi modal facility in this location close to the strategic road network would stand on its own merits in terms of future demands and fitting in with wider sustainability and decarbonisation backdrops.

The next developmental steps for the Rail Freight Terminal would be to get a better understanding of the site's suitability, particularly in relation to site access (I can see that access will be very difficult via M65 J8 given Highways England's design standards) and to determine if there was a rail freight operator that would be willing to commit to operating such a facility. My involvement in this project to date has been limited and I'm not aware that there have been any expressions of interest. In relation to next steps I will ensure that the project is supported in policy terms from Lancashire County Council in emerging transport and economic development strategies.

In relation to Central Government's levelling-up programme, Lancashire County Council is currently evaluating a number of countywide options for inclusion within the second round bidding process. Options are being progressed for political consideration and final submission in the early part of 2022.

Mike.

Mike Cliffe
Rail Development Manager
Public and Integrated Transport
Lancashire County Council

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