Central Railway was formed to champion and develop a modern, cross-border freight railway linking the road and rail systems of Britain and the near Continent via Kent. Its main shuttle services carrying lorry trailers will achieve a large-scale transfer of freight from road to rail plus wider transport and environmental benefits.
Think of Central Railway as a long extension of the successful Channel Tunnel lorry shuttle service to key industrial areas. We will provide high frequency, reliable services at a lower cost than current transport methods, becoming the most commercially attractive alternative for the majority of road hauliers and logistics companies.
Many belongings are transported via air or sea when people are moving homes. They are a much more popular choice than railways. At the moment railways in France and Britain have neither the capacity nor the height under bridges to carry lorries, making them uncompetitive for freight transport. The railway will be able to carry any size of UK and Continental trains, and trains carrying double stack containers.
Central Railway will be an integral part of national rail systems, representing a valuable infrastructure investment. The project could be financed by the international capital markets, and not therefore at public expense. Broader benefits include regional economic regeneration, fewer HGVs on motorways and reductions in CO2 emissions.