Hinckley National Rail Freight Interchange | DB FAQs
Located at junction 2 of the M69, the plans for a National Rail Freight Interchange in Hinckley will deliver a large multi-purpose freight interchange and distribution facility connected to both the rail and road network.
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What is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project?

Some types of development are considered by the Government to be Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs).


Permission for these projects is granted directly by the Government instead of the Local Authority (Blaby District Council). Strategic Rail Freight Interchanges are NSIPs, so Tritax Symmetry will make its application to the Government, with Local Authorities playing an important consultative role.

What is a Development Consent Order?

A Development Consent Order (DCO) is a special type of planning permission for developments categorised as NSIPs.


A DCO gives a developer the powers it needs to acquire land for and to construct and operate the development. After extensive public consultation, applications for a DCO are submitted to the Planning Inspectorate, which examines the proposals on behalf of the government and reports to the relevant government minister – in this case the Secretary of State for Transport – who will then decide whether to grant a DCO. Further information about the process can be found at: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk

What is a SRFI?

A Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) is often referred to as an ‘in-land port’ due to its ability to successfully transfer freight from road to rail and from suppliers to retailers to consumers

Government policy is that SRFIs are important because they can provide a range of transport, environmental, and economic benefits, and as a result the national policy is that there should be a network of them in the UK. The Government’s National Policy Statement relating to ‘national networks’ published in December 2014, which includes policy guidance on SRFIs, can be found here.

Where can I find out more information?

More information about the various stages of the national infrastructure planning process can be found on the Planning Inspectorate’s website here.


You can find out more about our most recent proposals through the Formal Consultation pages on this site:


How can I submit my feedback?

The formal statutory consultation will run between Wednesday 12th January and Wednesday 9th March 2022. You can view the consultation webpage here and consultation documents here.


Feedback can be submitted via the online feedback questionnaire form here, or you can contact us via post, email or phone, the addresses of which are listed here.

What will you do with my feedback?

All feedback submitted within the consultation period will be taken into account  reviewed by the project team. Tritax Symmetry will summarise all responses in a Consultation Report which must be submitted with the application for a DCO Consent.


The Consultation Report will explain how Tritax Symmetry has had regard to the consultation responses, and demonstrate that Tritax Symmetry has complied with the statutory pre-application consultation requirement.


The Consultation Report is part of the application and will be published on the relevant project page on the National Infrastructure Planning website posted by the Planning Inspectorate soon after an application is received.

How can I be kept up to date about the application?

Tritax Symmetry will keep its project website up-to-date and post updates to our social media accounts:

When will an application be submitted?

Tritax Symmetry aims to submit its application to the Planning Inspectorate in Q3 of 2022. More information about the DCO consent process is available on our “The Process” page here.

More information about how you can submit your feedback or ask questions can be found on the Contact Us page.