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UK Rail Industry Calls for Green Hydrogen and Battery Train Order to Spur Post-Coronavirus Economy

By July 8, 2020 3   min read  (492 words)

July 8, 2020 |

In its response to an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hydrogen’s inquiry, the Railway Industry Association, the trade body for UK rail suppliers, has called for investment in green hydrogen and battery trains as a way for the Government to spearheaded an environmentally-friendly economic recovery.
David Clarke, Technical Director of the Railway Industry Association, said: “Today, in our submission to the APPG on Hydrogen, the Railway Industry Association and its members urge the Government to commit to an order of low carbon self-powered trains as a means of spurring a green economic recovery following the Coronavirus outbreak.

“Alongside a rolling programme of electrification for intensively used routes, hydrogen, and battery technology can help decarbonise branch lines across the network, reducing the use of diesel trains. The technology already exists, but what is now needed is a commitment to a fleet order. Not only will this help achieve the UK’s decarbonisation goals, but it will stimulate a new market in the rail industry, generating jobs and investment across the country and creating a competitive advantage for UK plc as it looks to increase exports.

“We urge the Government to accelerate its plans and commit to an order – to help the sector best support the UK’s economic resurgence.”

Chair of the APPG on Hydrogen, Jacob Young MP, said:
 “The APPG on Hydrogen welcomes the Railway Industry Association’s response to our inquiry into how the hydrogen sector can support the UK’s economic recovery. In particular, we are pleased with the assessment that hydrogen trains are a viable option for the UK rail network. Ensuring that rail transport transitions efficiently to carbon-neutral alternatives is crucial to meeting the UK’s Net Zero targets.

“We look forward to working with the Government and industry on the best way forward to support hydrogen-fuelled trains being rolled out as soon as possible and the RIA’s response will help inform our inquiry.”

Read the submission

About RIA: The Railway Industry Association (RIA) is the voice of the UK rail supply community. We help to grow a sustainable, high-performing, railway supply industry, and to export UK rail expertise and products. We promote and represent our members’ interests to policy makers, clients and other stakeholders in the UK and overseas. RIA has 300+ companies in membership in a sector that contributes £36 billion in economic growth and £11 billion in tax revenue each year, as well as employing 600,000 people—more than the workforce of Birmingham. It is also a growing industry with the number of rail journeys expected to double over the next 25 years and freight set to grow significantly too. RIA’s membership is active across the whole of railway supply, covering a diverse range of products and services and including both multi-national companies and SMEs (60% by number). RIA works to promote the importance of the rail system to UK plc, to help export UK expertise around the globe and to share best practice and innovation across the industry.

 

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