Live lobsters take the train

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Live lobsters take to the train today, as the Great Western Railway (GWR) teams up with local businesses to help transport Cornish produce to the capital?s best restaurants in less than half the time it takes by road.

The three-month trial between GWR, InterCity RailFreight Ltd, WEGO Carbon Neutral Couriers and local fishermen, is set to get underway today (Nov 30), and will see live and fresh produce traditionally carried to market by road, taken from Penzance to London Paddington, by train.

Utilising space in what is traditionally referred to as the Guard’s van, live shellfish will be packed in special cold crates.

GWR MD, Mark Hopwood, said: “When the opportunity came to support this lobster transport trial, we snapped it up.”

“Investing in the local economy in an innovative way, this really does provide a sustainable solution for restaurants to be able to serve the freshest, and the very best of, Cornish produce.”