There is a revolution taking place due to business, manufacturing and consumer expectations driven by efficiencies of major on-line retail and global logistics that force business to supply their products 
within 24 hours.

The impact on shipping, supply chains and logistics is driving demand for larger facilities, as close as possible to major conurbations, ideally utilising intermodal rail freight where feasible.

Intermodal rail freight logistics can efficiently shift the containers off roads to relieve congestion and reduce carbon emission to key locations, becoming ever more important.
However, new, larger and more efficient intermodal rail freight terminals are now needed.
Together with the interchange of raw materials, manufacturing parts and foodstuff sourced and assembled worldwide for
differing markets, the logistics of moving these items of every size and value, now mainly containerised,  requires a 24/7 dynamic industry interchanging goods, globally.

The final delivery to retail stores, sales points or scheduled drop off to a consumer then adds to the biggest challenge to
efficiently utilise capital investments to complete the delivery promise in the supply chain of any businesses on a
responsible, ecological and sustainable platform.
Most large retail and logistics organisations are investing to accommodate this revolution, building out regional and local facilities,  ideally with direct container port intermodal rail freight connection to reduce road congestion and pollution, that will move to utilising electric ‘hubs’ then autonomous road vehicles, with drones and mini helicopters that will require substancial testing before use.

All this change impacts the freight ‘hubs’ that have to be adapted in this revised supply chain to 

ensure economic viability, sustainability and efficiency with intermodal rail use at the core.

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Rail Freight Intermodal [SRFI] Infrastructure - often known as Inland Ports or Dry Ports - is required to enable the efficient use of rail freight ideally as a compatible and interfacing strategic network. 

Strategic Rail Freight Interchanges (SRFI's) include interfacing on-site logistics buildings and manufacturing. 

Key point on all SLE projects is that SLE will retain all rights to the design and operation of the inter-modal rail freight terminal, as well as the operator lease.
Intermodal Rail Freight Logistics Hubs

The objective of Strategic Land Europe is to identify and assess prime locations in the UK and Europe to support an interfacing network of Intermodal Rail Freight Logistics 'hubs' accessed by key rail lines. The 'hubs' will interface the existing rail network as well as logistics and manufacturing facilities on-site to enable and provide multimodal interface infrastructure projects for major conurbations and regions alike.
The EU aims to shift 30% of long-distance freight traffic from road to rail and inland waterways, as well as to have carbon-free city logistics by 2030 . Enhancing inland waterway transport can contribute to improved environmental status and help to reach sustainability objectives.
The use of freight intermodal rail from, and interfacing with container ports (including the Channel Tunnel) is of ever-increasing importance in the UK and throughout Europe, is now well-established but there remains a shortage of new strategic terminal locations to enable the full benefit of longer and more efficient 775 -metre trains, better terminal access from more efficient rail and with sufficient container storage and road vehicle marshalling and dwell facilities.

SLE are now further researching the full benefits of potential new rail intermodal terminals in terms of sidings the use of high-security facilities linked with container ports by sophisticated high-tech data information and the most up-to-date signalling for train handling and on-site interface to road vehicles while also addressing the need for an ‘electric hub’, preferably powered from on-site sustainable source to ensure efficient charging for rail and road vehicles.

INTERMODAL LOGISTICS is an essential industry set between the dynamic and well-established logistics and container shipping sectors.

With more road congestion and increasing emissions, rail intermodal container freight is seen as the responsible solution for all ports alongside a water opportunity where it presents itself. 

This industry is a global opportunity and even where it exists, larger, sustainable and more efficient solutions are now emerging.

Strategic Land Europe is playing its part in the UK and France initially but is tracking rail intermodal flows Europe -wide.
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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 to adapt, 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.
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