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West Midlands Interchange receives Development Consent

The Secretary of State for Transport has approved the Development Consent Order for the proposed new West Midlands Interchange (WMI) in Staffordshire.

There is now a six-week period in which the decision may be challenged in the High Court, a legal process known as a Judicial Review.

The WMI is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project that will be located at Junction 12 of the M6. The development will include:

  • An intermodal freight terminal with direct connections to the West Coast Main Line, capable of accommodating up to 10 trains per day and trains of up to 775m long, including container storage, Heavy Goods Vehicle (‘HGV’) parking, rail control building and staff facilities;
  • Up to 743,200 square metres (gross internal area) of rail served warehousing and ancillary service buildings;
  • New road infrastructure and works to the existing road infrastructure;
  • Demolition of existing structures and earthworks to create development plots and landscape zones;
  • Reconfiguring and burying of existing overhead power lines and pylons;
  • Strategic landscaping and open space, including alterations to public rights of way and the creation of new ecological enhancement areas and publicly accessible open areas.
West Midlands Interchange.

The project is being led by Kilbride Holdings along with Grosvenor Group and local landowner Piers Monckton. The partners of Four Ashes Limited are committed to delivering a rail-served development which will bring significant sustainable social and economic benefits to South Staffordshire, the Black Country and the wider region, through responsible design and by taking into account community interests and environmental considerations.

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews


Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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