Alstom – Eversholt Join Forces To Create UK’s First Hydrogen Train Fleet

Train-maker Alstom has signed a deal to share their knowledge so that they can build the UK’s first hydrogen train fleet.

The Derby manufacturer has signed a memorandum of understanding with rail operator and financier Eversholt Rail to design, build, commission and support a fleet of 10 hydrogen powered trains. Each would have three units.

The two businesses said they were committed to taking a leading role in supporting the UK and Scotland Government ambitions to decarbonise its rail sector by 2040 – and the Scottish Government’s objective of doing so by 2035.

Nick Crossfield, Alstom’s managing director for the UK and Ireland, said: “COP26 is a reminder of just how urgent the need to decarbonise our world is.

“Rail is already the lowest emission transport mode, but we can do even more, and I am delighted that we have concluded this agreement with our friends at Eversholt Rail which will lead to Britain’s first-ever fleet of new hydrogen trains.”

Mary Kenny, chief executive of Eversholt Rail, said: “It is important that we start sooner rather than later to decarbonise UK Rail if we are to meet the 2050 ‘net-zero’ target.

Source:  Business Live.

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