New rail freight line from Birmingham to Scotland

Karel Novak, Published on 12/10/2022
New rail freight line from Birmingham to Scotland
@eversholtrail.co.uk

Eversholt Rail has reached agreement with Varamis Rail to lease a Class 321 Swift Express Freight train to deliver light goods at high speed across the UK. Varamis will be running services 5 nights a week.


Class 321 Swift Express Freight provides all-electric traction delivering an environmentally friendly alternative to HGVs predominantly used in the logistics sector. The ex-passenger trains have been repurposed for freight use with high capacity and 100mph services able to access rail terminals, ports, and city centers across the rail network.

Paul Sutherland, Client Services Director at Eversholt Rail said, “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Varamis. We share a vision to decarbonize the transportation of goods, encouraging a modal shift from road to rail whilst contributing towards the UK Government’s ambition to decarbonize the rail sector by 2050.”

Eversholt Rail has committed to converting 4 further Class 321 Swift Express Freight trains. This work is being carried out by Gemini, and Wolverton, and is due for completion by the end of 2022. Negotiations continue with multiple operators regarding these trains and leases will be agreed upon in the coming months.

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