Network Rail: London freight terminal redevelopment

Network Rail: London freight terminal redevelopment
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Network Rail has begun masterplanning Bow Goods Yard in East London, which will see over 30 acres of brownfield land regenerated.


Bow Goods Yard, a former freight station, is currently home to a number of heavy rail freight uses. It is the last remaining industrial site in the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) area and is strategically located next to the A12.  

Robin Dobson, Group Property Director at Network Rail said: “As the last part of the regeneration story for the Olympic Park, Bow Goods Yard is strategically connected by both road and rail. The development has the potential to create London’s largest state-of-the-art freight and last mile logistics hub to serve Greater London, alongside delivering homes, a workspace campus and open space connecting to the surrounding neighbourhoods.

As one of the largest railheads in the capital, it supplies over a million tonnes of concrete and aggregates to the construction industry. The development has the potential to deliver a sustainable transport network for East London through rail-fed warehousing with an integrated last mile logistics hub serving Greater London. This could significantly reduce lorry journeys across London, resulting in a lower carbon footprint and reduced congestion.

The strategic site is the last parcel of land to be released as part of London's 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy. It was initially used as the main construction hub for the Olympic Games and was home to the Olympic warm-up track during the Games.

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