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Decarbonising passenger rail is practical by 2050 – industry

Rail

Andrew Forster
02 August 2019
Electrification: more needed
Electrification: more needed

 

The rail industry has proposed the almost complete elimination of diesel passenger trains by 2050, ten years later than proposed by then rail minister Jo Johnson last year. But it says there is no obvious alternative to diesel for freight.  

A rail industry decarbonisation taskforce and the RSSB have collaborated on a report that responds to Johnson’s challenge that the rail industry should eliminate diesel-only trains by 2040.

“The removal of diesel-only passenger trains from...

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