Freight News, Rail

Rail’s future must be electric, says Logistics UK

[ April 22, 2021   //   ]

Logistics UK has urged government to begin a rolling programme of rail electrification, in a joint letter to the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, co-signed by more than 15 business, industry and campaign groups. It follows research by Railway Industry Association (RIA) into why decarbonisation of the rail sector is only possible with large-scale railway electrification; hydrogen and battery alternatives cannot be a complete replacement.   

Multi modal policy manager Zoe McLernon, commented: “Logistics UK has consistently called for a structured programme of rail electrification to help deliver net-zero emissions by 2050 and to support further private sector investment in the UK’s rail freight sector. The latest research from RIA provides compelling evidence on the importance of electrification for both business and the environment.”