SLE Projects

SLE Projects are currently in various stages of development having been identified over the past two decades and fully researched as ideal locations and being able to provide all attributes to well-planned, sustainable and highly efficient operation within an emerging network of Strategic Rail Freight Interchanges (SRFI's) in the UK and Europe.

As each project is triggered for development, the planning process will begin along with the emergence of separate web sites dedicated to each individual project that will be listed and can be accessed from this page. 

The key to all SLE projects is the interface and access to the main rail line infrastructure as well as the efficient freight link to the future-proof intermodal freight terminal. The commercial development interface presupposes the viability of a robust road access and viable conurbation and regional location. 

While a Master Plan will be prepared to ensure the workability of the chosen location, alternative choices will also be tested as will be required under the Planning Commission procedure.

SLE Corporate background brochures have been prepared as well as for the individual project information at various levels of information and detail for further discussion as appropriate.

Each project will include a larger-than-existing Rail Freight Intermodal Terminals for best practice operation and together these current projects with provide over 3 million square metres of large, high quality logistics and industrial / assembly buildings.

Relating to SLE web site HOME page
John Lewis opens new customer-centric DC

September 2016

John Lewis has invested £150 million in a new customer-centric distribution centre at Magna Park, Milton Keynes. The centre is designed to achieve faster replenishment for branches and customer deliveries.

According to the retailer, the new centre consolidates fashion and non-fashion items and will see ‘850,000 fewer parcels delivered each year’, with ‘190,000 less miles’covered by delivery vehicles. The new site has created 500 jobs (doubling during peak times).

The centre is part of a £250 million investment in the retailer’s distribution sites, and a larger five-year plan worth £500 million.

“These new state-of-the-art-facilities are the latest piece in the John Lewis distribution jigsaw,” said Dino Rocos, operations director, John Lewis. “Our customers expect John Lewis customer experience, not just in  our shops, but at every stage of their purchase.  

“This service-led distribution centre will ensure our Partners deliver the John Lewis magic direct to our customers’ homes.

“No only will this also help customers receive their orders quicker and in fewer parcels, but fewer driving miles and less packaging will help reduce our operational emissions and waste. 

“Our distribution operations are at the heart of our business and these advanced facilities enable us to adapt to the ever-evolving retail market. Customers want quick and convenient deliveries and fast replenishment of our shops, this investment puts us in a strong position for the years to come.”

The opening follows John Lewis’ £100 million investment at its existing Milton Keynes site. The retailer’s Magna Park campus is 2.4 million sq ft in total.

Combininonline orders

John Lewis’ new customer-centric site will combine both online orders for hanging and flat fashion, as well as non-fashion items into one parcel.

The retailer has a six level automated hanging system which is able to sort and carry 1.6 million garments at a time. The retailer has said that the system will‘be responsible for the fulfillment of circa 225,000 different products.’

SLE Comment 

The outstanding success of John Lewis and the Milton Keynes location exemplifies the need for rail intermodal use. 

A huge amount of containers could be removed from the road by the use of a well-planned and sustainable SRFI in the region. It is understood that there is a massive potential here and that containers are incoming by road currently from Southampton and Felixstowe.