Porterbrook Flex trains for new rail parcel service (RailEngineer)

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Specialist train operator the Rail Operations Group (ROG) has announced it is acquiring two of Porterbrook’s innovative Flex trains for light logistics traffic. Capable of operating on both electrified and non-electrified routes, the new trains will help meet shippers’ needs for the rapid movement of goods and just-in-time delivery.

With congestion on the road network increasing, a shortage of HGV drivers and the rapid growth in on-line shopping, many shipping firms are now exploring rail as a key part of their logistics chains. A lack of suitable trains has thus far delayed the move, but ROG has identified Porterbrook’s Flex as filling this gap in the market.

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Written by Long Branch Mike