Orion plans Midlands-Scotland high speed freight train

[ March 1, 2021   //   ]

Rail Operations UK’s Orion logistics arm is planning to launch a trial high speed train service from the West Midlands to Central Scotland in late April or May. Orion managing director Paul Orchard said that commercial services are expected to start in July.

Orion had originally announced that it would launch a trial freight service from London Gateway to London Liverpool Street station in April or May this year, using Class 769 bi-mode electric/diesel rolling stock converted from former passenger carriages converted to carry light goods and parcels. The trains would run at speeds of up to 100mph.

It is understood that the London Gateway – Liverpool Street trial service may still take place later in the year.