Grant: 2040 no-diesels target unachievable

Moving Wheels

THE 2040 target to remove all diesel-only trains from the network is wholly unrealistic, according to Porterbrook CEO Mary Grant.

Then Rail Minister Jo Johnson set the target in a speech in early 2018, stating the ambition matched the Government’s target at the time to end sales of petrol and diesel cars by the same date. The challenge prompted the industry to set up the Rail Decarbonisation Taskforce, which reported the following year and suggested the target was achievable. This in turn prompted Network Rail’s Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy (TDNS), which was published last year and set out which stretches of the network should be electrified or served by battery or hydrogen trains.

Want to read more?

This is a premium article and requires an active subscription.

Existing subscriber? Sign in now

No subscription?

Pick one of our introductory offers