Parcels as passengers

August 30, 2023


We sat down with Daniel Griffith from Intercity Rail Freight. Who is leading the change of developing light freight in regular passenger trains.

This debate has implications for road and city design. With the ultimate aim of giving light freight delivery an alternative to van delivery in the urban environment. Parcels as passengers

intercity Freight

This is next in the series of re imagining our road and rail network to improve our urban environments.

See here for our previous podcast on parcels as passengers.

The future of rail travel holds a lot of promise for more efficient and environmentally friendly parcel transportation. While passenger trains have historically been used to transport mail and small parcels, the recent trends in the logistics and transportation industry indicate a resurgence of this practice, albeit in a more advanced and organized manner. Here's a detailed look into the future of sending parcels on passenger trains:

Increased Efficiency: As technology advances, rail networks are becoming more efficient and faster. High-speed trains and better rail infrastructure will allow passenger trains to carry parcels over long distances in a shorter amount of time. With increased speed and efficiency, passenger trains will be able to accommodate both people and parcels without any significant delays.

Environmentally Friendly: One of the biggest advantages of rail travel is its relatively low carbon footprint. As the world moves towards more sustainable practices, using passenger trains for parcel transportation will be a more environmentally friendly option compared to road or air freight. Electric trains, powered by renewable energy, will play a crucial role in reducing the overall carbon emissions associated with parcel transportation.

Cost-Effective: Utilizing passenger trains for parcel transportation can lead to cost savings for logistics companies. By sharing the transportation cost between passengers and parcels, it will be possible to achieve economies of scale, making it a cost-effective option for both the transportation companies and the consumers.

Integrated Logistics: In the future, we can expect a more integrated logistics approach that will include the use of passenger trains for parcel transportation. Advanced tracking and management systems will ensure that parcels are loaded and unloaded efficiently without causing any inconvenience to the passengers. Moreover, the use of mobile applications and digital platforms will make it easier for consumers to track their parcels in real-time.

Rural Connectivity: Rail networks often reach remote and rural areas that are not easily accessible by road. Utilizing passenger trains for parcel transportation will improve the connectivity of rural areas and ensure that parcels are delivered to even the most remote locations.

Regulatory Support: Governments around the world are encouraging the use of public transportation and are investing in rail infrastructure. With increased regulatory support and incentives, it is likely that more transportation companies will opt for passenger trains as a mode of parcel transportation.

In conclusion, the future of rail travel for sending parcels seems promising with the advent of new technologies and increased focus on sustainability. Integrated logistics, cost-effectiveness, and improved rural connectivity will make it a viable option for parcel transportation in the future.