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Wednesday 12 May 2010


Timely introduction of low carbon Parry People Movers railcars indicates the way forward
Lightweight rail innovation aligns with coalition government policy

 Each week, revolutionary, low-carbon Parry People Movers railcars run over 1,300 trips in passenger service along the branch line between Stourbridge Town and Junction, in the West Midlands.  This is a model for the introduction of new rail links, foreshadowed in the election manifestos of both the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties, who now form the UK’s coalition government.

The Stourbridge Town branch is a demanding operation with a very intensive timetable.  The performance of the new railcars – developed, designed and built in Britain – has permitted service frequency to be increased to give Stourbridge its best ever service.  At the same time carbon emissions have been cut by around 70 percent and costs by around half, compared to the previous conventional trains.

According to Pre Metro Operations Ltd, which operates the service on behalf of London Midland, the new railcars have run with near perfect service reliability, averaging more than 99 percent over the past 6 months.  On 30th April over 1,900 passenger journeys were recorded in a single day: the highest number since the lightweight railcars commenced operations.  In the same week, over 10,000 passenger journeys were made by lightweight railcar on the Stourbridge line; another record, indicating how popular the railcars have become.

The prospect of re-opening closed railways to provide new transport links was specifically referred to in both the Conservatives’ and Lib Dems’ election manifestos.  The environmental and cost benefits brought about by Parry People Movers’ lightweight rail technology make it even more attractive to create new rail lines, which will also support the parties’ environmental and business policies that aim to cut carbon emissions and create new, green industries in the UK.

The lightweight rail concept was also praised by Lord Adonis, the former Labour Transport Secretary, who described the shuttle service as ‘brilliant’ during a visit to Stourbridge on 13th April.

However, there is a clear need for progress to be supported.  Parry People Movers’ success has come about far too slowly.  Centro commissioned a feasibility study for Stourbridge in 1993 and a prototype ran successfully in Bristol in 1998-2000.  A further prototype railcar was specifically designed for Stourbridge and manufactured in 2001 but a further 8 years elapsed before the bodies controlling the industry allowed the product to enter full passenger service.

John Parry, chairman of Parry People Movers Ltd, added: “We are delighted to see our railcars providing the people of Stourbridge with this rail service, and doing it well.  But we and other transport innovators have been held back by sclerotic decision-making and resistance to change that has retarded our efforts to bring about more affordable and more environmentally-friendly transport.  Both these aspects are now higher on the national agenda for transport so let’s make this a time for change in approach, and a time for our new political masters to act as well as talk a good environmental agenda!”


  1. The Stourbridge Town branch, part of the London Midland network, runs between Stourbridge Junction and Stourbridge Town stations and at just over three-quarters of a mile long is the shortest rail route in Britain.
  2. Service reliability figures for the Stourbridge Town branch show the percentage of services run compared to the timetable with an allowance for an interruption to service during the day if required.
  3. The rail industry’s target for services operated is 99% and the Stourbridge operation has, on average, exceeded this target over the last six months.
  4. Calculations by Parry People Movers Ltd show that the Class 153 diesel trains previously used on the Stourbridge Town branch emitted an estimated 810kg of carbon dioxide a day, while the new lightweight Class 139 vehicles from Parry People Movers Ltd have brought this down to 240kg per day.
  5. Transport constitutes around 29% of the UK’s carbon emissions and national policy is geared towards reducing carbon emissions from this sector.
  6. Parry People Movers Ltd (PPML) was founded in 1991 to develop rail transport based on a new innovation: the flywheel energy store, which allows vehicles to run extremely efficiently and to recapture their braking energy for re-use when accelerating.  The company's shares are listed on the PLUS Market (Ticker code: PPM).
  7. PPML's rail vehicles offer the quality of modern light rail transport without the need for electrical power supply, giving excellent environmental performance and energy efficiency at lower costs than conventional technology.  PPML technology can be used equally on railways and on urban tramways.  PPML's vehicles are fully compliant with accessibility regulations.  The technology used in PPML's vehicles is licensed to the Company by JPM Parry & Associates Limited, a West Midlands engineering firm specialising in overseas development, innovative transport and energy/environmental issues.

Contact: Parry People Movers Limited, Overend Road, Cradley Heath, West Midlands, B64 7DD
Telephone: +44 (0)1384 569553 ,Fax: +44 (0)1384 637753
E-mail: info@parrypeoplemovers.com, Website: www.parrypeoplemovers.com


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