The Anonymous Widower

High Speed Urban Freight Logistics By Rail

The title of this article is the same as that of this article  on World Cargo News.

It describes from a freight operator’s point-of-view,  Rail Operation’s Group‘s plans to run freight services between London Gateway and Liverpool Street station, which I wrote about in  A Freight Shuttle For Liverpool Street Station Planned.

Points include.

  • Current operators are struggling to lower their carbon footprint.
  • Congestion is affecting delivery times.
  • Charges to use London’s ULEZ could add two hundred pounds per round trip to costs.
  • To enter London, trucks will need high visibility cabs in a couple of years time.
  • Last mile delivery would be by e-vans and cargo bikes.
  • This initial service is about proving the concept and identifying the best techniques.

The article also discloses that Rail Operations Group are planning to run a high-speed overnight freight service between London Gateway and the Central Belt in Scotland, using their modified Class 769 trains.

  • Journey time will be reduced from eleven-twelve hours by truck to five-and-a-half by rail.
  • The deadline for guaranteed overnight delivery will go from 20:00 to 23:00.
  • Trains will be running at 100 mph on electricity all the way.
  • If it works going North, surely it will work going South.

I can see Rail Operations Group needing a lot more trains, than the two they have ordered.

 

 

November 3, 2019 - Posted by | Transport | , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. How are they intending to run freight at 100mph? I thought no goods trains were allowed above 75mph?

    Comment by angelmoon117 | November 3, 2019 | Reply

    • It probably depends on the trains and the certified speeds. Class 66 locomotives can’t do more than 75mph, with some limited to 65 mph. They are rail blocks on a lot of routes. The Class 769 trains have run at 100 mph on electricity for over thirty years and still can. They can do around 90 on diesel, but on the London Gateway and Liverpool Street route, they’ll only be doing a few miles on diesel, where the maximum speed is probably much lower.
      Rail Operations Group have also bought 110 mph hybrid locomotives and intend to use them at around 100-110 mph to haul multimodal trains, where limits allow, like on the East and West Coast Main Lines. They would have been a waste of money, if they couldn’t do more than 75 mph.

      Comment by AnonW | November 3, 2019 | Reply

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