06 Mar '18, 5pm

Ending diesel must signal a greener, cleaner railway | Campaign For Better Transport

Rail Minister, Jo Johnson, has called on the rail industry to do more to cut carbon emissions and clean up air quality . This is welcome. Overall, rail plays an important role in reducing the environmental impact of transport and with investment in new technology it is well-placed to do more. It is therefore tempting to see the announcement as a signal that all diesel trains are about to be shunted permanently into the sidings. This is not the case. First, the announcement refers simply to diesel-only trains. The bi-mode trains brought in to run on routes with electrified and non-electrified sections will be unaffected. Second, it is not clear what Johnson means by decarbonisation. If diesel bi-modes are acceptable in carbon terms, what about hydrogen or battery power and any carbon associated with them? Third, it does not necessarily mean a slew of clean new trains hittin...

Full article: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/blog/rail/ending-diesel...

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