Rail-Freight Hub for Deeping St Nicholas

The proposed site of a huge new rail-freight interchange that could take lorries off the road and bring new jobs to Spalding has been announced.

Deeping St Nicholas has been chosen from a short list of sites in the area to take advantage of upgrades to the East Coast Mainline.

It's thought 20% of all British food is grown in the South Holland area and most of it is currently taken to supermarkets by road.

The new site is both close to rail services and the A16 and it's hoped that it could take many lorries off the roads in the long term.

It's also thought the development could attract new industry to the area.

But it's being stressed that this is all in the very early stages and a consultation with local residents and business owners has now been launched.

Steve Williams, Head of Planning and Development at the district council told Heart, "This is an important proposal for Spalding and South Holland and could deliver many economic benefits. It will inevitably have some impact on local people and so we are encouraging they to have a look at the proposals at this stage and let us know what they think. This could then lead to the submission of a planning application which would go through the full, normal, planning process."

Exhibitions are being held at the South Holland Centre at the following times:

Friday 26th March between 2.00pm and 8.00pm

Saturday 27th March between 10.00am and 4.00pm

They will also be at Deeping St Nicholas Primary School on Monday 29th March between 3.30pm and 8.30pm.

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