Trains: Batteries and Hydrogen

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 13 July 2020.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he is making on the phasing out of diesel rolling stock and its replacement with battery and hydrogen powered trains.

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

The Government supports use of battery and hydrogen powered trains on the railway to help deliver our target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The Department is working with Network Rail and the rail industry to determine which parts of the network will be best suited to electrification, and which to those alternative technologies. This work will support the Department’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan, to be published at the end of this year.

The Government is supporting development of battery and hydrogen technology through innovation funding and research, including work on safety and wider issues that will have to be considered to allow the smooth entry into service on the network of battery and hydrogen trains.

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