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In logistics, location is everything.  With a first class intermodal transport infrastructure, providing proximity to markets and sites linking into the national transport network, Darlington is an outstanding location for national and international distribution centres.

Already the base for a number of national distribution centres for globally recognised businesses, including Argos Direct and Aldi, as well as long established premier UK businesses, such as George Allinson (Transport) , Darlington has all the ingredients to provide your logistics operation with the right sites in the right location.

From Darlington all parts of the UK can be reached within legal HGV driver’s hours – making it the perfect location for your national distribution operations.   And having so many logistics friendly sites near to major roads and motorways, including the A1(M) and A66, makes it easy to serve national customers from a base in the North East.

With Durham Tees Valley Airport, Newcastle and Leeds Bradford airports so close, and Teesport within easy reach, there are plenty of international freight options for exporters.

Our workforce includes all the skills and experience you’ll need.  With a working age population of 1.6 million within an hours commute businesses choosing to locate in Darlington benefit from access to a large pool of labour making it the ideal location for recruiting staff for logistics operations.

View our brochure below to find out what Darlington can offer your business or print a copy here!




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Outstanding sites and premises 

Darlington has a diverse range of sites and premises capable of providing opportunities right across the size range for the logistics and distribution sector, including sites capable of supporting a single footprint distribution/industrial building of up to 1.8 million sq ft.

Typically industrial rents in Darlington are lower than the national average, making for a cost effective location in the heart of the North East.    



One of the most significant sea ports in the UK lies 16 miles to the east of Darlington.  A deepwater facility with lock free access to the North Sea, it is the UK’s third largest port (and top exporting port) with its freight, container and logistics links supplying products and access across the North.   Handling over 40 million tonnes of cargo in 2014,

Teesport is the only container port in the North UK that has direct access to an intermodal facility within its operations.  Recent and planned investment into the port will continue to reduce overall operating costs and significantly improve supply chain efficiencies for its customers.  

Knowledge, Expertise & Networks

The North East Region of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK covers four groups - Humber Group, South Yorkshire Group, Tyne Tees Group and West & North Yorkshire Group.  Covering eight sectors (Supply Chain, Transport Planning, Rail, Active Travel and Travel Planning, Bus & Coach, Ports Maritime Waterways, Freight Forwarding and Aviation) and 40 special interest groups the CILT is the leading policy and practitioner voice on logistics, supply chain and transport issues.

The Freight Transport Association  is one of the UK's largest trade associations and represents the transport interests of companies moving goods by road, rail, sea and air.  With an office in Leeds, the FTA specialises in delivering safe, sustainable and efficient logistics.