Mole Solutions have been awarded an Innovate UK SMART programme proof of concept project for an Urban Freight Transport solution using a Mole Freight Pipeline system. The Mole Urban concept is aimed at reducing the level of road freight within urban areas by using freight pipelines carrying goods in capsules to link edge of town consolidation centres with strategically placed inner town nodal points. The 9 month project is based on an actual medium size town in the midlands. Research and data gathering on the range and scale of freight movements within the urban area will establish the current state of commercial, environmental, socio economic etc. influences. A freight pipeline based system will then be conceived to improve the situation and a comparison of all the relevant parameters carried out to establish the benefits and the economic viability of the proposal.
Mole Solutions are the Project leader and System Integrator and are assisted by specialist contractors such as DHL (3rd party logistics), Morgan Sindall (Tunnelling and Pipe construction), Laing O’Rourke (Civil Engineering), Force Engineering (capsule propulsion), WGH (capsule and track) and SoSustainable (socio – environmental), Local University for data gathering and analysis.
Irrespective of the merits of the final results for the test case the process established in the project can then be used to assess other locations that have major congestion and pollution problems caused by excess road usage. Mole Solution are already in negotiation with authorities at other major conurbations who have interest in the Mole Freight Pipeline concept.