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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Traffic congestion

Road transport dominates the UK internal supply chain. Approximately 67% of goods moved amounting to 163 billion ton–kms are by road.

In the UK alone Transport Congestion costs the economy £31.9bn per year

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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.

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The solution

As an alternative to the conventional systems of road, rail, air and water, freight pipelines are a freight only, safe, environmentally friendly, reliable and economical way to carry goods quickly and on time. Underground transportation pipelines are unaffected by aboveground traffic congestion and weather conditions.

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 PRIMARY  – To transport supply chain standard units e.g. pallets and tote bins.
  • MOLE BULK – To transport solid bulk materials e.g. aggregates, ore, coal and biomass.

 

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.

The benefits


MOLE PRIMARY Freight Pipeline has direct benefits of Operating and Capital costs compared to road:

Operating costs by percentage of published road figures
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Capital cost per lane kilometre £M
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Freight Pipeline operating costs are just 12 to 20% of that of Road
Freight Pipeline capital costs are just 25% of that of Road

 

MOLE BULK  freight pipelines have direct benefits over conveyor systems:

  • BULK freight pipeline 3 x more energy efficient than conveyor system.
  • BULK freight pipeline able to operate more than 3 x the speed of conveyor system.
  • BULK freight pipeline can be greater than 10 x more reliable than conveyor system.
  • BULK freight pipeline able to negotiate tight corners and bends and also steep gradients.


MOLE PRIMARY and MOLE BULK  freight pipelines have significant indirect benefits:
  • Reduced transport congestion.
  • Increased safety by accident reduction.
  • Less pollutants – as clean as the electricity supplied.
  • Increase in road capacity.
  • Greater delivery reliability.
  • Social and environmental gains.

 

Play video below to see more of the Mole freight pipeline concept and benefits.