Rail freight depot could create 'thousands of jobs'

THOUSANDS of jobs could be created by a planned rail freight depot in Rossington, say developers.

HelioSlough has launched a major public and stakeholder consultation into their proposals for a major regional Inland Port Rail Freight Interchange to the west of Rossington village.

The consultation process takes place over the course of the next four weeks and includes a public exhibition from October 31 to November 4.

The interchange would comprise a distribution centre, linking directly to Doncaster's transport network at junction three of the M18.

The proposed site is located west of Rossington Colliery and would provide a terminal for rail freight containers to be transferred to lorries for distribution or to longer term inland storage, together with new warehouse distribution buildings and associated business park.

Coun Barry Johnson, Chairman of Rossington Forward, said: "I believe that the proposed development offers huge benefits and advantages to our community and, along with the Airport, will kick-start the much-regeneration of Rossington".

John Leivers, Director of Helios Northern, representing HelioSlough, said: "HelioSlough has welcomed the opportunity to obtain input from individuals and organisations within Rossington as well as further afield, and welcomed the coordinated input of newly founded umbrella organisation, Rossington Forward.

"The community are urged to take this opportunity to have their say on the Inland Port proposals, either by returning a comments form or by attending the various public exhibitions".

HelioSlough says the development will create thousands of new jobs, improve transport links and raise Rossington and Doncaster's regional and national profile in logistics and distribution.

The public exhibition will be held at Rossington library Tuesday October 31 (2pm until 6pm), Wednesday November 1 (10am until 6pm) and Friday November 3 (9am until 6pm) and at Rossington Welfare on Saturday November 4 (10am until 3pm).