Alstom today confirmed that it plans to work with Eversholt Rail to bring its world-leading hydrogen technology to trains in the UK.
The company plans call to convert Eversholt Rai Class 321 electric trains to hydrogen operation.
Nick Crossfield, managing director of Alstom UK and Ireland.said, “Not only are hydrogen trains zero carbon, they are near-silent and emit no particulates, which means they offer substantial air quality and noise pollution benefits too," explained Nick Crossfield, managing director of Alstom UK and Ireland.
"On cost, hydrogen trains can help to avoid the necessity for line electrification, which represents a significant investment for customers."
He continued, “We think the potential long-term application of hydrogen in the UK is very significant. Less than fifty per cent of the UK network is electrified, and much that isn’t electrified is unlikely ever to be so.
"Starting with this conversion, we think hydrogen could offer the right zero carbon solution for many parts of the network.”