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Go-ahead for Cricklewood rail freight terminal boost for London Housing

9 February 2018

Campaign for Better Transport welcomes Barnet Council’s approval, yesterday evening, to build a modern rail freight terminal on existing rail lands at Cricklewood, North London to service the £4.5 billion Brent Cross housing regeneration.

Without the rail terminal, building between 7,000 and 8,000 apartments would not be viable as all these construction materials would have to be delivered by heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) with all the associated congestion, pollution and safety impacts.

Almost 50 per cent of London’s aggregates are now moved by rail so rail freight is tried and tested in the capital with demand for more rail services; each train into the Cricklewood terminal will remove up to 85 HGVs from London’s road network and can carry enough materials to build the equivalent of 30 houses.

The facility has been designed to the latest standards in terms of noise amelioration, fencing, lighting and screening, with adaptations to the local road network, to minimise adverse impacts on its neighbours.

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager, Campaign for Better Transport, said: “This planning consent sets a crucial precedent which demonstrates that local authorities should support local rail freight terminals based on the wider national and sub-regional socio-economic benefits of rail freight as long as there are adequate mitigation measures to handle local impacts.

“Cricklewood rail lands represent one of the few remaining suitable sites with good rail and road connections, where aggregates can be brought into the capital for use in construction projects. The terminal is compliant with national, regional and local spatial planning and transport policy; these operational railway lands have been safeguarded in the Barnet local plans for this purpose for many years.” 

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For further information please contact Richard Watkins on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773 468 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

1.   Barnet Council's Planning decision REF 17/5761/EIA.

2.   CrossRail used rail to bring in construction materials and remove industrial waste. Similarly, rail was used during the construction of the Olympics.

3.   House building figures according to the Mineral Products Association

4.   There will be three trains in and out of Cricklewood terminal Monday to Friday.

5.   Each aggregates freight train to and from Cricklewood rail terminal can carry 1,700 tonnes.

6.   The maximum truck movements a day will be 452 in and out of the terminal.

7.   Hours of operation will be limited to 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 7am to 1.00pm Saturdays. 

8. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).