“Jumbo trains” up to half a mile long are being introduced to the rail network in greater numbers to reduce air pollution and take lorries off the road. Freight trains have been lengthened to 775 metres (2,540 ft) to carry goods, fuel and construction materials at a time of reduced demand for passenger services, it emerged. Network Rail said that it was trying a system of more routine access for the very longest trains. It said it would analyse their impact, with the possibility of making the trains a “priority” in the coming years. Supersized freight trains can cause problems for the railway because of the time needed to pass through a junction or station. Lengthened trains can hold up other passenger or freight services for several minutes, with a potentially significant ripple effect throughout the timetable.
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