December 2022 saw the publication of Great British Railways Transition Team’s “Market Development Plan: GBR actions and activities to grow rail freight.” The report highlights several areas where Intermodality has been commissioned to assist the nascent “guiding mind” for the rail industry with the development of the rail freight sector.

The report’s title page shows the reinstated railhead at Newhaven Port, which we helped design and develop with Network Rail, Bretts and Newhaven Port & Property. Material produced by Intermodality for GBR, as noted in the report, has included an assessment of the shortfall between regions of Intermodal Rail Freight Interchanges (IRFI). These are standalone railheads designed to provide rail access in areas not otherwise served by the larger Strategic Rail Freight Interchanges (SRFI). Intermodality has spent much of the last 21 years providing support to development of SRFI at Radlett, iPort Doncaster, East Midlands Gateway, West Midlands Interchange, Oxfordshire SRFI and most recently helping secure the allocation of the Parkside East SRFI within the St Helens Local Plan. We have also helped with the design and delivery of IRFI now operating at Severnside, Knowsley and Wilton (SUEZ) and at Tinsley (MLP for Newell & Wright Group).

We have also produced a report for a combined Network Rail / GBR team on the role that the Major Stations portfolio could once again provide, within the re-emerging market for express freight and urban logistics, another area of specialism and development by Intermodality over the past two decades, from working with EWS on its original award-winning trainload services, to organising proof-of-concept services into London’s Euston station for Eddie Stobart and Sainsburys, and in turn for TNT/Fedex (the latter funded by us). We have since worked with HS1 and Eurotunnel to assess the opportunities for cross-Channel services, with GB Railfreight, rolling stock leasing companies and a major retailer prospect on domestic services, as well as with property developers and Network Rail looking to create purpose-built distribution centres and urban cross-dock facilities. Last but by no means least, we have provided Board-level support to another award-winning start-up, ICRF’s unique 125mph parcels-on-passenger train service, which launched back in 2011 and now spans multiple modes of transport and service providers, exploiting unused space on scheduled services to move time-sensitive shipments across the network – Red Star reimagined for the 21st Century.

Further support has been provided to GBR on development of site layouts for IRFI across the country in areas where provision is lacking, the GBR report citing one of Intermodality’s plans produced for an IRFI at Exeter to serve the South West region of the UK.

As Intermodality enters our 21st anniversary year, we are proud to continue our track record of supporting growth of sustainable transport (now covering both freight and passenger sectors) through public policy and commercial investment. We will be showcasing 21 years of achievements throughout the course of 2023, so keep in touch for further updates.