Transport and Logistics

Transport and logistics is the backbone of business as it covers land, air, sea, warehousing and courier services. Employing over 28,000, transport and logistics is a key sector for D2N2 as well as a key employer.  The sector supports our other priority sectors by providing the means to export, import of goods and services as well as transportation locally, regionally and nationally. Transport and logistics is closely linked to the Transport Equipment Manufacturing sector as without the other neither would be as prosperous.   

DHL Boeing At East Midlands Airport[Credit Alec Wilson on Flickr]

A DHL Boeing at East Midlands Airport


The Newark Castle Line, part-funded by D2N2

East Midlands Airport, the UK’s busiest pure cargo airport and second only to Heathrow in the volume it handles, has over 320,000 tonnes of cargo flown in annually. It is the UK hub for global firms DHL and UPS, and supports operations for TNT and Royal Mail. With international links via this hub, businesses can export goods made in Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire with ease and establish themselves as a global supplier. Exporting goods is beneficial to the area’s economy and UKTI (UK Trade & Investment) launched their Exporting is GREAT initiative at East Midlands Airport, with display boards depicting prominent manufacturers in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire area. To find out more about the launch, click here.

D2N2 is a key location for transport and logistics, with good links to the motorways and A roads as well rail and East Midlands Airport. This is beneficial for transporting freight to and from manufacturers in the area.

At the heart of the UK, D2N2 benefits from a number of major road and rail links (for both passengers and freight).  The HS2 line will run through D2N2 with a proposed station at Toton.  Within the D2N2 area, major employers include East Midlands Trains (based in Derby), and new employers, such as Kuehne & Nagel Drinkflow Logistics, have been attracted to the area because of its strategic location.

£8.8M of Local Growth Fund has been allocated to two projects in the D2N2 area, these are: the North Nottinghamshire Mill House Roundabout Scheme which is set for completion in September 2016, this will link the A1 to the M1.

Newark Southern Link Road will link the A46 with the A1 through 4 miles of road and improve journey times through the Newark Bypass. The aim of these projects are to open up a considerable amount of space for development by improving the transport links.

£18K of Growing Places Fund was allocated to the development of the Newark Castle Line (pictured) which serves, Nottingham to Lincoln via Newark. To find out more about this investment click here.

To find out more about the sector and what developments D2N2 plan to achieve up to 2023, click here.