£200m Rail terminal for Huncoat?

Housing Huncoat Transport

Recently, a 22-acre site in Huncoat has been proposed as a rail freight terminal. The site would be located between the existing rail line to Burnley and the M65. Notably, this area was once part of the Huncoat power station and hence already has some rails in place.

The area has already been set aside for rail freight development. Consequently, local business leaders and politicians are supporting the project. The first stage involves raising £150,000 for a feasibility study. Moreover, local business group Amazing Accrington chairman, Murray Dawson said,

“Bringing a freight rail terminal to East Lancashire will tie into levelling up plans, give an economic boost to the region, and create cost, resource and carbon savings for businesses,”

Concerns have been raised about increased road traffic, however, most of this would be via the M65. Notably, The proposed terminal is close to Huncoat Business park. Consequently, long lorry journeys would be reduced.

Ecommerce and home shopping are set to grow massively, with more than 50% of all goods being bought online by, 2028.

The Huncoat site

The Amazing Accrington statement says:

“The increase in goods being delivered, plus the urgent need to reduce road traffic, mean that freight rail volume is projected to treble by 2050. In 2019 only 8% of domestic freight was moved by rail.” 

Huncoat garden village

Another proposal concurrent with the freight terminal is the Huncoat garden village project.

The consultation for the Huncoat Garden Village project ended in September. This sought the views of the local community and is being analysed at present.

“Clowes Development Ltd have commenced a public consultation regarding redevelopment of the Power Station Site in Huncoat. This consultation is in advance of submitting a planning application. Hyndburn Borough Council will share the findings of the Huncoat Garden Village Masterplan consultation with Clowes, so this can inform any future application they may wish to submit.”

Hydburn Borough Council

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