Underground logistics: reality

The quarantine is over, the whole world is beginning to gradually come out of a protracted “hibernation” and return to their usual affairs and concerns including best freight broker training. It’s no secret that the 2020 pandemic has turned everything upside down.
I am sure that there is not a single person who has not been affected by these events. The world has changed, and our attitude to many things has changed. There has been a rethinking of desires and needs and, as a result, ways to implement them. Modern technology has rapidly invaded our lives. If earlier quite specific niches in life were assigned to them, such as: communication, work and entertainment, now this list has been replenished with a number of items, without which it is already somehow unusual and difficult to imagine your life. For example, according to statistics, during the period of self-isolation, the number of buyers in online stores increased by 10 million, and this is only in our country!

These few months have made it clear to us that nothing is permanent. Even what we seem to be so used to can change at any moment. And logistics is no exception. As people’s desires and needs change, so do the ways in which they are fulfilled.
The British company Magway is seriously engaged in the development of logistics supplies underground! It is efficient, fast and environmentally friendly.
It is planned that in reality it will look like this: pipes with a diameter of no more than 1 meter are laid underground so that they can be placed among city communications. Capsules on magnetic cushions move along these pipes. And already in the capsules themselves there are mini-containers with cargo and parcels.
The principle of operation of capsules is the same as high-speed trains on a magnetic cushion. Loaded capsules will be able to accelerate to 65 km / h, moving one after another with an interval of less than a second.

Magway claims that its capsules will be able to deliver about 90% of orders from online stores in the UK. The first delivery lines will first go to airports. Magway is currently negotiating its project with Heathrow Airport.

“Vehicles that deliver food, drinks and other goods to duty-free stores now take 3 to 7 hours to get from the airport to the logistics warehouse. Magway can do it in minutes,” says Anna Daroy, CEO of Magway.

Another advantage of this system is its environmental friendliness. Such logistics will help England to reduce carbon emissions by 6 million tons per year, which is a third of the current freight transport emissions in the country. And in conditions of incredible traffic congestion, underground logistics will significantly reduce modern traffic.

Such a project would cost $3.3 million per mile (1.6 km), plus $1.9 million to $4.5 million in overhead costs (planning, toll, installation). Since its founding in 2017, the company has raised £1.5m ($1.9m). So far, this money has been spent on two demonstration projects. Magway is currently looking for additional investors for its startup.

Who knows, maybe very soon, in addition to air, land and sea logistics, there will also be an underground one!