Railways: Electrification

Department for Transport written question – answered on 1st July 2020.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps has he taken to ensure that all diesel-only trains will no longer be in service by 2040.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Rail decarbonisation will be an important element in the UK’s first Transport Decarbonisation Plan. The Department is working with Network Rail and the rail industry to determine which parts of the network are best suited to use of hydrogen and battery trains and electrification. This rail Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy will be completed this year.

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