ICRF expands network to 100 daily rail services

Same-day delivery company Inter-City Rail Freight (ICRF) has announced it has expanded its network significantly thanks to unprecedented growth in demand as well as securing an agreement from UK train companies to expand its capacity and reach.

The new routes will now give ICRF access to over 100 daily rail services around the East Midlands, Great Western and CrossCountry railway franchise network that offers fast and frequent services between city centres in an area reaching from Aberdeen to London and Penzance. This gives ICRF access to some areas that road couriers have difficulty reaching.

The network uses electric vehicles, e-cargo-bikes and the UK railway network to deliver parcels and packets door to door. Thanks to the partly electrified railway network, some routes are 100% electric. Shipments are tracked in real time, and over 97% of them arrive within 15 minutes of schedule.

Speaking about the latest developments, ICRF founder and managing director Jeff Screeton said, “One of the few positive outcomes of the recent pandemic has been the opening up of the rail network for fast and frequent delivery services, with train operators now able to accept anything from single shipments up to entire lorry-loads. In our 10 years of operations we have never experienced traffic growth on this scale, and with the help of our train operator and courier partners, we are responding in kind to our expanding customer base.”