UK: How Rail can Lead Greener Transport

Continued “strategic support” from the government will ensure the rail industry remains at the forefront of greener transport options for businesses and passengers.

This is the opinion of the Railway Industry Association (RIA) – the voice of the rail supply community – following the government’s announcement that £300 million will be spent to develop cleaner transport.

Announced as the Prime Minister was in Biarritz at a G7 Summit, the investment will see the government provide £125 million, with the remaining funding coming from industry co-investment.

The RIA has been leading the way in the move towards greener transport in its respective industry, consistently banging the drum about the importance of electrification throughout the network, which will reduce emissions, ultimately playing a huge part in cleaning up air pollution.

Already, the rail sector is leading the way in the move towards greener transport, according to Richard Jones, RIA’s Senior Technical & Innovation Manager.

He said that the industry welcomes the investment, whilst also pointing out what rail is doing to move towards cleaner transport.

“The RIA and our members will welcome this announcement, that UK transport innovators will be given £300 million to develop cleaner and greener forms of transport.

“The railways are leading the way in green technology. We are already the lowest carbon mass transport mode and there is much more still to come.

“Electrification of the rail network will drive emissions down further with every mile delivered, the UK’s first prototype zero emission hydrogen train is being delivered and demonstrated currently, and the first solar-powered ancillary power scheme was recently announced by Network Rail.

“RIA and member companies are also part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund programmes known as ‘Driving the Electric Revolution’ and the ‘Faraday Battery Challenge,’ making best use of new technology across sectors.

“With continued co-operation and strategic support from government, the rail industry will maintain its leading position as one of the greenest modes of transport for people and goods.”

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