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Eversholt Rail to develop “Swift” Express Freight train

An innovative new Express Freight train which will provide a cost-effective and low carbon solution for transporting parcels around the UK is being developed by Eversholt Rail.

The Swift Express Freight has been designed in partnership with Ricardo and will be a conversion of one of our Class 321 trains, unit 321334.

It will be capable of 100mph and able to hold up to 12 tonnes of freight per vehicle.

The Swift Express Freight will be launched for trials in June this year following works to be carried out by Wabtec at their Doncaster facility, which are due to commence in April.

The scope of works includes removal of passenger features, installation of new flooring and equipment to retain containers and a new livery.

Paul Sutherland, Client Relations Director at Eversholt Rail said:

“We are excited to be developing the Swift Express Freight train which will help to support customers with a cost-effective solution to help them meet the growing demand for home delivery of parcels around the UK. This project demonstrates Eversholt Rail’s continued innovation across our rolling stock portfolio as we continue to showcase our commitment to helping the UK meet its decarbonisation targets.”

Jonathan Brown, Technical & Innovation Engagement Lead (Rail), Ricardo said:

“We are delighted to be supporting Eversholt Rail with the Swift Express Freight project, providing the engineering and conversion of this vehicle for trial use. This demonstrator will show the potential for a modal shift of parcel freight to rail for rapid delivery to urban centres around the UK, removing trucks from our streets, reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality”

 Andy Derbyshire, Group Managing Director, Wabtec UK said:

We are proud to be part of this exciting and innovative project building on a long-established relationship with Eversholt Rail and it is great news we will be continuing this collaboration. It is fantastic to be part of a project which will support the decarbonisation of our sector as well as promoting the benefits of an increased use of rail for freight traffic”.

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