Mole Solutions is a private development company focussed on the introduction of Freight Pipelines to help solve the major global problem of Transport Congestion.
“A 5% reduction in travel time for all business travel on the road could generate around £2.5bn of cost savings – some 0.2% of GDP” – The Eddington Study Dec 2006
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In the UK alone Transport Congestion costs the economy £31.9bn per year
Most HGVs are carrying containers, pallets, totes and roll cages across a restricted network of motorways and major trunk roads between entry ports, originating centres and distribution centres. Outside of metropolitan areas it is on this network that most transport congestion occurs.
Typically the causes of congestion are: road capacity not being able to cope with an increase of traffic at key times; accidents; road works; and bad weather.
The consequences of this congestion are: an increase in driver cost; an increase in fuel cost; road damage from HGVs; demand for more road capacity; late deliveries; pollution and social disruption.
Analysis work by Mole Solutions on how best to reduce transport congestion and reduce the impact on the environment has concluded that two categories of freight pipeline are required.
Mole Solutions and its industrial team has now developed these concepts to the point where a prototype freight pipeline system has been computer modelled, developed, built and is being demonstrated at the Mole Solutions test facility at Alconbury Weald Enterprise Park, Cambridgeshire, UK.
MOLE PRIMARY Freight Pipeline has direct benefits of Operating and Capital costs compared to road:
Operating costs by percentage of published road figures
Capital cost per lane kilometre £M