Strategic Land Europe (SLE) - What we do


Enabling Rail Freight Efficiencies by Economies of Scale

Strategic Land Europe (SLE)

SLE is a multi-disciplinary intermodal freight development business working between the container ports, rail freight operators and logistics development sectors, with the vision to create a network of multi-modal freight transport and logistics sites that deliver an efficient and ecologically sound approach to removing long-haul transport by road for freight traffic.

The Internet Revolution we are experiencing today is transforming economies that have toadapt, so we use our market knowledge and supply chain awareness to the business of land, logistics and the global transport ecosystem.

SLE identify locations and land that fit into a network of strategically located hubs to appropriately serve the end consumer of goods.

Deploying our unique range of skills as a single business entity, we are able to offer development opportunities to create the new market of Rail-connected Logistics facilities.

Strategic Land Europe (SLE) covers a wide range of land planning, property and freight transport sectors. 
Focused on a Europe-wide network of rail-connected inland and coastal port projects to support efficient and sustainable rail freight intermodal (container) terminals alongside logistics and manufacturing facilities, to facilitate more efficient and better use of rail from coastal container ports and inter-continental rail freight services such as the ‘Silk Roads’ to reduce road congestion and pollution for the long haul.
This strategy would allow the creation of 'electric hubs' at the rail freight terminals for re-charging loads and vehicle charging for local and regional distribution. It is possible that some of the electricity could be generated 'on-site' by solar and wind as well as minor support by methane. 

Also at the hub, there is potential to change train loads to adapted passenger trains for central towns and city loads. It is expected that all the intermodal 'hubs' will be connected to electrified lines and that on-site shunting will be by electric re-chargable shunters, with further measures to reduce operational noise by good material choice and bunding.

This is a dynamic combination of inter-operational development and transport sectors that are constantly evolving in order to ensure most efficient and sustainable operations and performance.

SLE’s Development Activities are:

  1. Project Identification - exploring the optimum land and transport elements 
  2. Master Planning - local, regional and national interaction and securing planning authorisations 
  3. Visualisation - of available facilities, project visibility and infrastructure 
  4. Development Facilitation - assembly of development team and funding 
  5. Promotion - of sector and supporting projects

Key activities include the constant tracking and analysing of the global, national and regional markets that may affect the choice of project now and in the future. These sectors primarily cover:

  1. Regional and International Transport Policies
  2. Rail, road & water freight intermodal sectors
  3. Container Shipping, Container Ports and Intermodal operations

Updating and News
The shipping, logistics and supply chain sectors are now recognising that the scale that has emerged now needs more efficient and sustainable inland transport, which will entail the use of rail for major logistics hubs. 

As this more sustainable use emerges it too has become better understood and the need more apparent. New intermodal infrastructure projects are now unfolding as of major National importance and SLE is involved and tracking this element with updates and news items under the NEWS section of its web site.

Emerging intermodal rail freight infrastructure

owing on careers in property and land planning as well as architecture and master planning lard land projects, SLE first came together in 1992 in the UK and France on landmark projects, based around rail freight transport. Container port, shipping and transport expertise added to SLE's understanding. 

At the time the UK was researching new and larger container ports that needed different infrastructure to conventional commercial ports and it was these, and the then recently opened Channel Tunnel that generated high levels of containerised road transport on the roads. 

However, while all this early work was undertaken and locations identified, it remained far too early to link the locations to the slowly emerging rail freight network. As the container ports and use of containers grew, an understanding of the better use of rail began to emerge.

Several opportunities in the UK were explored as in France and the Baltics, as well as Turkey where the future was more easing identified than the infrastructure that lacked at that lime to support improvements.

With government legislation now in place for the use of rail freight, improved container ports as well as the ever-increasing size of container ships, this long-emerging rail freight network, including links to new rail freight services in the Middle and Far East, the need for new efficient and sustainable rail freight terminals, has become vital to ecology and transport interface on a global scale.

Strategic Land Europe has evolved from development and land planning activities from the late 80’s with specific UK and European rail-connected port and inland strategic locations identified from the early 90’s.

SLE members have been involved in a range of mixed and single-purpose strategic development including the gradual transformation of the early 'storage' warehouses, into distribution (short lease) and then into the logistics activities as they was best know currently.