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Freight train performance
The maximum length of trains that can operate on the network is determined by physical limits such as the length of chord lines, platform lines, loops and terminals.
The limits are set to ensure that trains do not impact on other train movements or the performance of the network.
We work with operators to enable them to transport longer trains, allowing them to provide services that allow them to transport more commercially advantageous payloads. This may be possible through implementing enhanced train plans which provide journeys that avoid stops en route.
Length limits are provided for train operators in the Freight Train Loads Books. If you do not have access to these please email our Access Coordinator to establish the relevant requirements.