All electrification (UK) articles

  • ScotRail Class 156 (Photo: Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    ScotRail aims to eliminate diesel trains in three-stage fleet renewal plan


    UK: ScotRail is developing plans to withdraw all of its diesel trains as part of a programme to replace 65% of its fleet in 2027-35. The fleet renewal plans involves replacing around 675 vehicles of various types as their leases expire and it becomes uneconomical to ...

  • Gripple rail dropper 1
    Rail Business UK

    Get a Gripple on electrification at InnoTrans


    INNOTRANS: Wire joining and tensioning specialist Gripple and Unipart Rail will be launching the Gripple Rail Dropper, which they say enables catenary droppers to be installed up to eight times faster than conventional methods. The Gripple catenary hanger design enables the quick and easy installation of ...

  • TransPennine Express Class 802 on newly wired section of TRU under diesel power (Photo Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Full electrification in scope as Transpennine Route Upgrade makes progress


    UK: The Transpennine Route Upgrade is no longer the series of piecemeal interventions and partial electrification that regional stakeholders had feared, with the programme now including significant works to increase speeds and capacity as well as full electrification of the Transpennine North Railway between York and Manchester. ...

  • Huddersfield to Westtown (Dewsbury) Improvement Scheme
    Rail Business UK

    Huddersfield to Dewsbury route upgrading approved


    UK: The Secretary of State for Transport has approved a Transport & Works Act order granting Network Rail powers to undertake the Huddersfield to Westtown (Dewsbury) Improvement Scheme, which forms part of the Transpennine Route Upgrade. The scheme covers a 13 km section of the trans-Pennine ...

  • gb ScotRail Class 318
    Rail Business UK

    Scotland seeks battery trains in partial electrification plan


    UK: The Scottish government has approved calls for tenders to finance and manufacture a fleet of bi-mode battery electric multiple-units to operate on the East Kilbride, Fife and Borders routes.

  • Scotrail-156458-Rannoch-Viaduct-020721-TM5
    Rail Business UK

    Scotland: Setting priorities for a new era


    The return of passenger services to public control, along with government targets for decarbonisation and freight modal shift, promise a positive future for Scotland’s rail network. Tony Miles talks to Transport Scotland and Scotland’s Railway about the benefits and challenges of renationalisation.

  • Electrification
    Rail Business UK

    Midland Main Line electrification market engagement begins


    UK: Network Rail has begin market engagement ahead of procurement for the Midland Main Line electrification programme to extend 25 kV 50 Hz overhead to Nottingham and Sheffield. Electrification is currently in place from London St Pancras International to Bedford, Kettering and Corby, with East Midlands ...

  • A Freightliner EMD Class 66 locomotive has been modified to test the diesel engine’s ability to use biomethane or hydrogen dual-fuelling as a potential path to lowering carbon emissions from rail freight.
    Rail Business UK

    Dual-fuel Class 66 tested


    UK: A Freightliner EMD Class 66 locomotive has been modified to test the diesel engine’s ability to use biomethane or hydrogen dual-fuelling as a potential path to lowering carbon emissions from rail freight. The tests used precision injection technology from Clear Air Power. This had previously ...

  • IMAGE prototype composite electrification mast (49)
    Rail Business UK

    Composite mast aims to cut electrification costs


    UK: A prototype composite mast designed to reduce the costs and carbon emissions of railway electrification projects has been unveiled, ahead of extensive testing to understand the full scope of its capabilities. Branded IMAGE (Innovative composite MAst for Green Electrification), the mast ...

  • MML electrification
    Rail Business UK

    Mixed picture on railway decarbonisation progress


    UK: The Railway Industry Association has found a ‘mixed picture’ when reviewing the government’s progress in meeting the rail decarbonisation recommendations made in the House of Commons Transport Committee’s Trains fit for the future? report which was published in March last year. ...

  • Freightliner told Rail Business UK it had taken the ‘difficult decision’ to switch from electric to diesel in order to ‘maintain a cost-effective solution for transporting essential goods and supplies around the UK’.
    Rail Business UK

    Diesel replaces electric traction in face of rising power costs


    UK: Some rail freight operators have temporarily replaced electric haulage with diesel traction, following significant increases in the cost of traction electricity. The increase between September and October is understood to be more than 210%. Network Rail said the costs were the result of price rises ...

  • Avanti West Coast SuperVoyagers at Winwick (Photo Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    On-train air quality standards to be reviewed following RSSB research


    UK: The Department for Transport has ordered a review of regulations governing exposure to air pollution on trains and at stations, after research commissioned from the Rail Safety & Standards Board found that air quality was ‘poorer than desired’ on some trains using diesel power. RSSB’s ...

  • Electrification works (Photo: Network Rail)
    Rail Business UK

    Wigan to Bolton electrification approved


    UK: The go-ahead for electrification of the line between Wigan North Western and Lostock Junction near Bolton was announced by the government on September 1. The project will involve 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of around 10 km of double-track line, modifications to 17 bridges and ...

  • Greater Anglia Stadler bimode multiple-unit
    Rail Business UK

    Rail emissions down as services reduced during pandemic


    UK: The reduction in train services during the coronavirus pandemic unsurprisingly led to a reduction in network-wide diesel and electricity consumption in 2020-21, although the collapse in ridership meant an increase in CO2 equivalent per passenger-km. The Office of Rail & Road has published its latest ...

  • Prodrive Composites
    Rail Business UK

    Composite mast aims to make electrification cheaper, greener and smarter


    UK: A prototype composite Innovative Mast for Green Electrification is being developed with the aim of reducing the energy required to install overhead electrification, reduce costs and provide smart data to support maintenance planning. The IMAGE project is being undertaken by electrification engineering firm Furrer+Frey, Prodrive ...

  • Hydroflex Train
    Rail Business UK

    Hydrogen strategy says electrification is the best option for rail


    The government’s first UK Hydrogen Strategy says electrification is likely to be the best way to decarbonise non-electrified railways…

  • Furrer+Frey's Noel Dolphin
    Rail Business UK

    Movable overhead electrification aims to eliminate the need for diesel shunting locomotives


    UK: Funding has been awarded for a project to test the use of a moveable overhead conductor rail at freight terminals where loading and unloading requirements mean conventional overhead electrification cannot be used. This could eliminate the need to use diesel shunting locomotives and remove a ...

  • Electrification works
    Rail Business UK

    Industry welcomes electrification and modal shift commitments in transport decarbonisation plan


    UK: Commitments to electrification, network expansion and modal shift are included in the Decarbonising transport: a better, greener Britain plan published by the government on July 14, along with the selective deployment of hydrogen and battery trains. ‘Transport decarbonisation is a dull way of describing something ...

  • Swansea station
    Rail Business UK

    Welsh Affairs Committee calls for a Wales Rail Board, Swansea Bay Metro and electrification


    UK: Cardiff – Swansea electrification, a Swansea Bay Metro and the creation of a Wales Rail Board tasked with prioritising proposals for investment have been recommended by the House of Commons’ Welsh Affairs Committee. Published on July 14, the Railway Infrastructure in Wales report recommends the ...

  • TransPennine Express Nova 3 Class 68 (Photo Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Trans-Pennine electrification hopes rise


    UK: Industry sources report that there is now ‘every chance’ of the entire trans-Pennine route between Manchester and Leeds being electrified, rather than only the western portion as far as Stalybridge and then east from Huddersfield to Leeds. Passenger and freight operators are understood to be ...