Network Rail launches new Environmental Sustainability Strategy

The UK’s network rail infrastructure company is considering new standards for the safety and reliability of rail transport, regardless of changes in the planet’s climatic conditions and natural disasters, as railway magazine Railway Supply reports, reffering to Network Rail website.
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According to the strategy, the following areas of funding will become a priority:
  • a low-emission railway
  • a reliable railway that is resilient to climate change
  • improved biodiversity of plants and wildlife
  • minimal waste and sustainable use of materials

Rail freight can move huge loads with a fraction of the impact of road transport. No other form of mass transit can do this.” Andrew Haines, Network Rail Chief executive, said.

The company plans to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, that is why two-mode (battery and hydrogen) trains would be tested by 2024.

Construction of charging points for electric locomotives on the railway network, as well as at operated facilities and managed stations is planned until 2029.

Network Rail wants to convert the traction fleet to ultra-low emissions by 2035. Andrew Haines noted that all electricity that provides power to offices and buildings will come from renewable sources by the end of this year. By 2030 the traction park will be 100% powered by renewable energy sources.