Alstom confirms plans to convert electric trains to hydrogen in UK

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The trains have no emissions (Source: Alstom)

Hydrogen trains could soon be introduced to the UK's rail network, after a French company announced plans to bring the technology across the channel.

Alstom confirmed today that it is working with Eversholt Rail to convert some electric trains to hydrogen.

“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."

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The government has set a target to phase out diesel trains in favour of hydrogen by 2040, which means nearly a third of the trains in the country will need to be replaced or refurbished.

Crossfield added: “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.”

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