Last update 29 September 2023
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In the late 1990s Royal Mail and Rail express systems (as was) embarked on a major investment project aimed at changing the way letter mail was delivered, using a 'hub and spoke' system known as Railnet. This required a major central and numerous outlying dedicated terminals, which were essentially private 'stations' used only for transferring containerised letters. Various factors conspired against the system and Royal Mail transferred most of its business to road and air within a few years of Railnet's start.
Later policy changes mean that Royal Mail is happier to use rail again and has taken a lease on a terminal in Daventry. This is not part of the original Railnet concept but this (and any further developments) is included for completeness.
This listing shows all Railnet terminals along with opening and closing dates. Owing to the nature of non-passenger services, historical documentation is lacking in places. If you can help clarify or fill in missing details, please contact the editor.
A list of passenger stations with post boxes can be found here.
|Terminal||ELR||Mileage||Date opened||Date closed to rail|
|Bristol Parkway||SWB||111m 47ch||15 May 2000||20 February 2004|
|Dallam (Warrington)||CGJ3||183m 40ch||1 or 3 November 1997✖OLE energised 28 September 1997|
|Doncaster||SPD5||≈117m 19ch||6 May 1997✖Date came into full use. Officially into use 31 March 1997; first train may have been 21 April 1997||unknown|
|Low Fell||NLF||0m 50ch||6 March 1995✖Officially into use. OLE energised 11 March 1995. Date of first train not known||unknown, traffic resumed 3 June 2013|
|Princess Royal Distribution Centre (Willesden)||WRM||1m 61ch||20 May 1996✖Officially into use 20 May 1996; opened (to rail?) 6 July 1996 or a week or so later or 30 September 1996; formally opened/named 20 May 1997|
|Shieldmuir||WCM2||87m 26ch||16 February 1998✖First train; connection installed 21 September 1997||9 May 2003, traffic later resumed|
|Stafford||LEC3||113m 43ch||16 June 1997||unknown|
|Tonbridge||XTD||30m 21ch||19 October 1994||March 2004?|
|Daventry||HNR||15 August 2023|