Trains: Diesel Fuel

Department for Transport written question – answered on 14th July 2020.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of the UK rail fleet that is composed of rolling diesel stock; and what the expected proportion will be in (a) 2025, (b) 2030 and (c) 2035.

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

Out of a national fleet of over 14,000 vehicles, there were approximately 3,400 passenger vehicles in service at the beginning of July 2020 that formed part of a diesel powered train. Decisions about the necessary pace of removal of diesel trains from the network to decarbonise the railway will be informed by ongoing work led by Network Rail.

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