UK :Hydrogen Trains Operational by 2021?

Written on the 14th May, 2018

Yesterday’s Sunday Times carried an article stating that hydrogen trains could be operational in the UK by 2021.  It says that 100 ageing commuter trains could be converted to hydrogen.  The first routes could be in the Tees Valley between Bishop Auckland and Middlesbrough and in the North West between Liverpool and Widnes.   The Conversion Programme has been developed by Alstom in response to the Rail Minister’s, Jo Johnson, call for all diesel  trains to be scrapped by 2040.

Mike Muldoon from Alstom will be speaking at the Hydrogen Trains Workshop organised by European Policy Solutions with the support of E4tech and Logan Energy.  The Workshop will  take place at the Grosvenor Hilton Hotel in Edinburgh on Tuesday 22 May 2018.

The Sunday Times also highlighted  the problems with diesel emissions in railway stations , particularly emissions of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulates.   Researchers from the University of Birmingham have found that pollution is fourteen times higher at New Street Station, Birmingham when compared to the City’s Ring Road.  New Street has particular problems with a shopping centre above it which means that large parts of the station are enclosed so that there is a pollution build up.   The Sunday Times also said that the  Railway Safety and Standards Board was studying concentrations of NO2 and particulates at London Kings Cross and Edinburgh Waverley Stations.


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