Freight trials into London Liverpool Street using a converted Class 769 FLEX bi-mode train are set to start next spring.
Orion, the logistics business created last year by Rail Operations Group (UK), is to operate a trial between London Gateway and the London terminus starting in either April or May.
ROG Chief Executive Officer Karl Watts, speaking exclusively to RAIL, said that the market had spoken of the need for a shuttle service. He added that the trial is backed by Network Rail.
Trains will leave London Gateway at 0029, 1208 and 1856, returning from Liverpool Street at 0242, 1421 and 2100. They will use Platforms 9 and 10.
“The design of Orion is not to pre-empt what customers want, it is about asking them and then delivering that,” said Watts.
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