Porterbrook to supply Rail Operations Group with with bi-mode FLEX trains

Artists impression of Porterbrook bi-mode FLEX train

08th January 2019

Porterbrook are to provide Rail Operations Group (ROG) with two bi-mode FLEX trains as the operator looks to expand into the rail postal industry.

As congestion increases on the road network - coupled with a national shortage of HGV drivers - shipping firms are increasingly looking at the possibility of using rail as a key part of their logistics chain. Until now, a lack of suitable rail vehicles has delayed progress into this area.

Working alongside ROG, Porterbrook will renovate two of their innovative FLEX trains for light logistics traffic. Capable of operating on electrified and non-electrified track, the FLEX trains will help companies meet the need for rapid movement and just-in-time delivery.

Mary Grant, CEO of Porterbrook said:

"We are excited be breaking new ground with ROG as we both move into light parcel logistics for the first time. The UK’s light logistics sector is experiencing huge changes and we’re delighted that we can support the sustainable solution on the rail network. Porterbrook is particularly pleased that ROG have recognised the potential for non-passenger use of our innovative FLEX trains and over coming months we will be exploring further opportunities to support the successful UK railfreight sector."

Karl Watts, CEO of Rail Operations Group, said:

"The time is right for a modal shift from road to rail for logistics and express parcels services. ROG are leading the industry in delivering this shift and the FLEX trains are the perfect rail-borne solution to make this happen. There is huge opportunity to re-establish a comprehensive network of express parcels trains and help reduce the number of commercial vehicles on UK roads which will, in turn, help to drive improvements in the UK economy.”

Maggie Simpson, Director General of the Rail Freight Group (RFG), said:

"RFG welcomes ROG’s move into the express parcels market, this is traffic that is highly suited to the rail network. I am also very pleased to see Porterbrook’s renewed appetite for railfreight investment. The creation of dedicated FLEX trains for light logistics work is a significant vote of confidence in our sector." The new FLEX parcels trains will be delivered to ROG in early 2020".

Author: Darren Porter
Image: Porterbrook/Rail Operations Group