Industrial (B2)


East Midlands Intermodal Park – East Midlands Freeport

The East Midlands Intermodal Park (EMIP) lies on the south western side of Derby, within South Derbyshire. It adjoins the trunk road network (A38/A50) together with the motorway and strategic rail freight network.

As part of the proposal to create an East Midlands Freeport, the site will be a special economic zone that has the potential to increase jobs, growth and innovation, while accelerating the region’s commitment to decarbonisation. As an intermodal park, it will play a key role in growing the region’s strengths in advanced manufacturing, automotive and logistics, while supporting large regional employers such as Toyota UK, whose manufacturing plant is adjacent to the site. This includes opportunities to drive innovation in alternative energy sources and green technologies, helping the UK to meet its net-zero targets.

As the site comes forward, it could include an ‘intermodal’ terminal, which would include container handling equipment and storage facilities, a railhead with a connection to the existing railway line and up to 5.2 million sq ft of state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution space.

Key facts

  • Expands national network of Strategic Rail Freight Interchanges.
  • 5.2 million square feet of state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution space.
  • Provides value-added accommodation for a variety of advanced manufacturers.
  • Potential for production, storage and use of hydrogen.
  • Located opposite to Toyotas UK’s Burnaston manufacturing plant.

Opportunity location

Why invest in Derby & Derbyshire?

Located at the very heart of the UK and as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Derbyshire has a strong and diverse economy with global names including Toyota Manufacturing UK, Rolls-Royce, Nestlé, Tarmac, Amazon and Denby Pottery all based here and continuing to invest in their operations and SME supply chains.

Derbyshire’s central location ensures excellent connectivity across the UK’s motorway and rail network, with five international and cargo airports all within easy reach. The East Midlands Freeport will further add to the county’s reputation as a key manufacturing, logistics and distribution hub.

Businesses in Derbyshire have unrivalled access to a pool of high-quality workers, with over 9 million people living within 20 minutes of the county, drawing on the major cities of Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham and Derby.

Additionally, Derbyshire businesses can offer their workforce an outstanding quality of life. Home to the Peak District (the UK’s first National Park), bustling market towns, world-famous stately homes and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Derbyshire is an attractive place in which to live, work and play. Derbyshire offers a range of investment opportunities from major industrial sites to urban regeneration schemes which will help drive its future economic growth.

Insight for investors

  • Type of investment sought: End User Occupiers
  • Target investor(s): End users to be determined as part of Development Consent Order.
  • Site size: 5.2m ft2 of manufacturing and distribution space
  • Timescale: Initial local consultation undertaken; currently part of process for Freeport business case with HMG
  • Delivery timescale: 5+ years
  • Planning status: As a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP), an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) will be made to the Planning Inspectorate, with the final decision being made by the Secretary of State for Transport
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Primary promoter

Derbyshire County Council