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DIRFT set to became rail parcels hub

[ February 4, 2021   //   ]

Royal Mail and Prologis UK are building a new parcels hub at Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) that could handle trains operating through the Channel Tunnel. Once built, the 840,000sq ft Midlands site will become Royal Mail’s largest parcel hub with capacity to process over 1m parcels per day.

It will have an automated parcel sorting system and a rail terminal. 

DIRFT says that post-Brexit processes allow trains that come from France through the Channel Tunnel to clear customs at an inland UK terminal, so rail freight services are set to become even more important in 2021.

It adds that there has been a sharp rise in demand for rail freight services during the Covid pandemic., also driven by factors such as road congestion and the truck driver shortage.