Railway parcel service to be tested

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A parcel collection and delivery service for train passengers that could create up to 4,000 new jobs is to be tested by Network Rail (NR).%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%

The company is trying out the initiative at Milton Keynes Central station in Buckinghamshire, with further trials planned for Paddington station in London, Woking station in Surrey and other stations throughout 2014.
The new concept is called Doddle and is a joint venture with leading entrepreneur and philanthropist Lloyd Dorfman, who is best known for creating the Travelex foreign exchange company.

NR network operations managing director Robin Gisby said: "More people are travelling by rail than ever before and stations have become more than just a place to wait for or get off a train.

"We've adapted to what passengers want and need by offering quality retail, food and drink at our biggest stations such as King's Cross (in London) and Manchester Piccadilly and this is a natural next step to help passengers and station users whose lives are increasingly busy and on the move.

"With 2,500 stations nationwide and passengers making over 1.4 billion rail journeys every year, we have the potential to create an unrivalled parcel delivery and collection service to meet the needs of rail users and those living near to stations."

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Railway parcel service to be tested

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