A ‘Best-Connected’ UK Location for Manufacturing and Logistics Businesses: Nottinghamshire

April 30, 2015 12:48 pm
IAM Multimodal

Fast access to UK and global markets by road, rail, sea and air

‘Because we’re located centrally in the country, we can get to customers anywhere from Scotland to south of London and beyond, and it makes it easy for people to get to us.’

Nicola Moore, Project Manager, BTROS Electronics (Bombardier Transportation Group)

Fast, Flexible Access to UK and Global Markets

Ashfield and Mansfield, Nottinghamshire’s strategic, central-England location provides manufacturing and logistics businesses with fast, effective access to the UK’s major markets and industrial centres. Furthermore, the region’s excellent multimodal transport connectivity – via road, rail, sea and air – enables global market access and flexibility in transport planning – helping businesses to minimise freight costs.

Here are the facts about why Ashfield and Mansfield is one of the UK’s best-connected business locations (all drive times stated are ‘HGV’ – max. 56mph average speed):

Fast Road Connections

Ashfield and Mansfield’s manufacturing and logistics sites provide businesses with fast north-south road connections via the M1 motorway (junction 28) and east-west linkages via the A38 trunk road. This optimal, central-England location enables fast access to the UK’s key customer markets and industrial centres, including:

  • Nottingham, Sheffield and Derby in less than 1 hour
  • Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester in less than 2 hours
  • All England’s major population centres (including London) within 3 hours. [1]

International Air Connections: Business Travel and Air Cargo

From Mansfield, East Midlands Airport can be accessed in less than 45 minutes and Birmingham Airport in just over 1 hour, providing companies with easy access to the UK’s largest air freight terminal outside London and global business destinations. The UK’s newest airport, Doncaster Sheffield, specialising in ad-hoc air cargo services, can also be accessed in under 1 hour. [1]

East Midlands Airport (EMA)

EMA Air Cargo: EMA handles over 310,000 tonnes of flown cargo every year, making it the UK’s busiest pure cargo airport and second overall only to Heathrow. The airport serves as the UK air freight hub for DHL and UPS as well as supporting operations for TNT and Royal Mail. [2]

EMA Business Passenger Services: EMA offers passenger services to over 80 mainly European destinations, including the key business cities of Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin and Paris. [3]

Birmingham Airport (BHX) Passenger Services:

Birmingham airport provides businesses located in Ashfield and Mansfield with global connectivity to more than 110 international destinations. Key business routes from Birmingham include multiple-daily services to the major European hubs of Amsterdam (KLM) and Frankfurt (Lufthansa), providing onward connectivity to hundreds of business cities worldwide. [4]

Access to Rail Freight Terminals

Sites in Ashfield and Mansfield provide businesses with fast access to rail freight terminals across the Midlands and North of England, offering regular rail freight services to the UK’s major sea ports and enabling companies to minimise both costs and carbon footprints.

Effective Sea Port Access from a UK Central Location

Ashfield and Mansfield’s central-England location provides optimal access by road to the UK’s major seaports, including:

  • The Humber ports of Hull, Grimsby, Immingham and Goole in approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Teesport and the port of Liverpool in less than 3 hours
  • England’s major south-coast deep-sea ports within 3 1/2 hours [1]


Find Out More

Contact Invest Ashfield and Mansfield to find out more about Ashfield and Mansfield as the optimal location for your manufacturing or logistics operation.  View our infographic.

[1] Google Maps, 2015 (Drive times adjusted for max. 56mph)
[2] East Midlands Airport, Cargo
[3] East Midlands Airport, Destinations
[4] Birmingham Airport

Images: Port of Felixstowe, East Midlands Airport

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