Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Project information

Latest update - 6 April 2023

The Secretary of State for Transport has issued a decision on the non-material change application made on 8 August 2022 for a non-material change to The Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange Order 2019. For further information please refer to the following decision documentation:

The Secretary of State's Decision Letter (PDF, 211 KB)
Amendment Order (PDF, 152 KB)

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About the project

Type of application: Rail Freight Interchanges

Name of applicant: Roxhill Developments Limited

The application is for the development of a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) together with landscaping, access and other supporting infrastructure works. It consists of: • An intermodal freight terminal including container storage and HGV parking, with new rail sidings within the site to serve individual buildings; • Capability to provide a ‘rapid rail freight’ facility as part of the intermodal freight terminal; • Up to 6,000,000sq.ft / 557,418 sq.m. (gross internal area) of warehousing and ancillary buildings; • New road infrastructure and works to the existing road network, including provision of a new access and associated works to the A508, a new bypass to the village of Roade, and substantial improvements to Junction 15 of the M1; • Strategic landscaping and tree planting, including retained diverted public rights of way; • Earthworks and demolition of existing structures on-site.

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Project stage

This project is at the post-decision stage.

This application was granted on 9 October 2019.


This is where the applicant starts to create their application. The applicant is required to consult with people and organisations in the area. They must also create detailed documents about the impact the project could have on the environment.

It is important to get involved at this stage to influence the application before the applicant sends it to the Planning Inspectorate.

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This is when the applicant sends us their application documents. We check if we can accept the application for examination. We have 28 days to make this decision.

How the acceptance stage works and what happens next.


The Examining Authority is appointed and is made up of one or more inspectors. Anyone who wants to have their say needs to register at this stage.

The applicant must publish that the application has been accepted by us. They include when and how parties can register to get involved. The time period for registering is set by the applicant but must be no less than 28 days.

The pre-examination stage usually takes about 3 months.

What happens during the pre-examination stage.


The Examining Authority will ask questions about the proposed development. The applicant and anyone who has registered to have their say can get involved and submit comments at each deadline in the timetable. You can also attend hearings that may take place. This stage takes up to 6 months.

What happens at the examination stage?


The Examining Authority writes its recommendation report. This must be completed and sent to the relevant Secretary of State within 3 months of the end of examination stage.

Making a recommendation.


The decision stage is when the relevant Secretary of State then reviews the report and makes the final decision. They have 3 months to make a decision.

Who makes the final decision.

What happens after the decision is made

Once the Secretary of State has made a decision, there is a 6 week period where people can challenge the decision in the high court. This is called a judicial review.

What you can do after the decision has been made.

Project location

Land west of the A508, south west of M1 Junction 15 and east of Northampton Loop Line

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