ScotRail Class 314 for hydrogen conversion

UK: Plans are being drawn up for Glasgow to be a showcase for zero-emission at point of use rail technology including hydrogen and battery power when the UK hosts the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties from November 1 to 12.

‘A number of companies are keen to show off their alternative fuel technologies at COP26; it is a massive opportunity for the industry to show off its green credentials and for Scotland to show that it is ahead of the game’, one industry insider told Rail Business UK.

In the meantime, work continues with infrastructure projects under the Scottish Government’s decarbonisation agenda.

Piling has started in preparation for the installation of overhead line masts on the route from Glasgow Central to East Kilbride, including the Larkfield Curve; and is to be followed by electrification of the line to Barrhead.

Work has also started on clearing the abandoned railway to Levenmouth, closed to passengers more than 50 years ago, ahead of re-opening in 2023 under a £75m project which also includes an option for a freight terminal at Cameron Bridge.