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Train could take the strain of city centre parcel deliveries

[ July 14, 2021   //   ]

Network Rail and distribution firm Orion held a demonstration of how parcels could be carried on trains into city centres at Euston station on 7 July. Former passenger trains, capable of up to 100mph, are being converted to parcels and other light goods. Final mile delivery would be by bicycle or van courier.

Orion chief executive Karl Watts, said: “Using converted, electrically powered passenger trains, Orion is able to deliver goods into terminal and other principal railway stations where electric road vehicles complete the final mile transportation into city centres. Each 8-car train removes 24 diesel powered vans from our roads thereby reducing congestion, lowering carbon emissions and improving inner city air quality.”