We are delighted that the Secretary of State for Transport has approved the Development Consent Order for West Midlands Interchange (WMI) for which we were the masterplan architects on behalf of our client Four Ashes Ltd.

West Midlands Interchange is a proposed Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) with warehousing and other associated development on land west of Junction 12 of the M6 in South Staffordshire, linked directly to the West Coast Main Line, one of the country’s principal rail freight routes.

The scheme will create 8,550 direct jobs boosting opportunities for people in South Staffordshire, the Black Country, the West Midlands and other surrounding areas.

It will be linked directly to the West Coast Main Line, one of the country’s principal rail freight routes, and will be well placed to serve the West Midlands, the Black Country, Staffordshire, Birmingham, the northern M6 corridor and parts of Warwickshire.

When built, it will provide up to 743,200 sq.m of new rail-served and rail-linked warehousing allowing the region’s important logistics industry to grow.

A Strategic Rail Freight Interchange is something this part of the West Midlands has needed for a long time. Markets are increasingly global and the region’s strong manufacturing and exporting businesses need faster, more reliable transport links now and in future to stay competitive at home and abroad.

Rail freight offers a more sustainable, efficient and reliable approach to logistics and is strongly supported by Government policy.