Intercity Railfreight pioneered the re-introduction of unaccompanied freight on passenger trains catering for a wide market. We’d like to think we’re the only ones doing this because we’re clever, but suspect the harsh reality is that we’re the only ones who have been daft enough to expend endless amounts of time, energy and money cutting through a great swathe of rules and regulations to come up with the complex suite of processes to enable it to happen.
You also have to believe; and we really do believe in this!
That is exactly what we’re NOT! We do work with a number of courier companies who have become our very carefully selected partners and it is they who are market facing in their respective areas. Our courier partners can offer you a whole range of services to meet your needs and some of these will of course include our rail services.
As our rail service network grows so the proportion of consignments moved by train will also grow.
There are also some key factors that stand us well apart from the mainstream. Firstly, your consignment is FULLY INSURED (at no additional cost); secondly, we can arrange collection much later in the day giving you additional time to prepare your consignment and finally, probably most importantly, we’re future-proofed – congestion charges, ultra-low emission zones …. no impact upon us whatsoever.
Our role in life is that of a facilitator; we’re not prescriptive, our aim is to work with partners who see the use of rail as a means of overcoming the issues outlined previously and whose business challenges are unique. From our understanding of that business we advise how rail may be dovetailed into the customer’s supply chain and then assemble the service components from our suite of rail services
We have a mix that comprises: small parcel freight moved on scheduled passenger trains; high speed (100 – 125 mph) overnight shared user freight trains catering for a range of consignments from a single parcel to a full carriage load. We are also developing the Metro Logistics model to facilitate deliveries to city centres using the combination of local passenger trains and cycle logistics/electric vehicles plus of course the high speed international services.
Since our first movement of freight on passenger trains it is fair to say that there are very few types of consignment that haven’t been carried, but our success can probably be measured by our cracking of two very difficult and sensitive markets: chilled food and medical.
Using specialist equipment, we can carry chilled and frozen consignments. Our Bio FastTrack IT system uses the latest RFID technology to provide the chain of custody audit trail required for some of the most sensitive medical materials that are transported and access to specialist rail systems enables us to provide real time journey progress and information when delivery time certainty is paramount.
If you’re concerned about what’s coming over the hill and the impact it will have on your business: if your sustainability credentials are increasingly important to both you and your customers and you think rail can feature somewhere in your supply chain then we should talk.
We can help you by cutting through all the mystery and press inspired hysteria surrounding the railway industry and clearly demonstrate how it’s been a success for others: we can demonstrate and quantify how rail has cut emissions, journey times and costs and how services have yielded real socio-economic benefits.
We can work out exactly how rail can fit into your supply chain and we can bring you together with others of a like mind so that collective benefit is realised.