UK: Varamis Rail Launches ‘Zero-Carbon’ Freight Service

Varamis Rail has collaborated with Network Rail to launch a ‘zero-carbon’ – electric – freight service between Scotland and the Midlands.

The service will run Monday to Friday to transport express parcels and third-party deliveries.

Zero Carbon Freight
The service will operate using repurposed freight wagons

Network Rail has provided the necessary operating licences, contracts and train paths for this service to operate.

Georgie Newby, Network Rail’s Senior Commercial and Customer Relationship Manager, said:

“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to support the launch of this innovative new service from the latest freight operating company to join the network. It is the result of hard work and dedication across multiple organisations, all working closely together to deliver a great, zero carbon service for logistics companies to use. We look forward to delivering other innovations to keep growing the amount of parcel logistics transported by rail.”

Varamis Rail will transport consumer goods using fully electric 4-car trains converted for freight purposes by Eversholt Rail.

This launch follows a trial of the service, which commenced in October 2022, to test its feasibility.

Varamis Rail Managing Director, Phil Read, said:

“As the UK's newest train operator, Varamis Rail is keen to promote the sustainable benefits that the railway has to offer to the UK economy along with Network Rail. The increase in online shopping and home deliveries over recent years has accelerated the demand to find a more environmentally friendly solution to moving our parcels, products, or light goods around the UK; one solution is the electrified rail network.

“Varamis Rail is incredibly appreciative of the support it has received from Network Rail to enable a start-up of its operations and we look forward to building on this relationship as the rail industry looks to play its part in decarbonising’ the UK.”

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