The Railway Industry Association (RIA) is calling for further electrification of the rail network, in response to Rail Minister Jo Johnson’s comments at the Transport Select Committee’s inquiry into rail infrastructure investment on April 30.
“While advances in technology can help the industry move towards a zero-carbon railway, it remains RIA’s position that electrification is still the optimal technical solution for the intensively used parts of the rail network,” said RIA Technical Director David Clarke.
“The problem has been that some recent programmes have been costing far more than they should. This led RIA to launch its cross-industry Electrification Cost Challenge, which shows that electrification can be delivered at an affordable cost.
“RIA maintains that further electrification is an important part of any decarbonisation strategy for the railways, and the Government must keep an open mind on this issue if it wants to deliver a sustainable and affordable transport system for the future.”
- FULL coverage of the Transport Select Committee hearing on April 30 will appear in RAIL 852, published on May 9, and available digitally from May 5.