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Wires can de­car­bonise freight

- Business · Transportation · Industries · River Thames · London · North London · United Kingdom · Daimler Trucks North America · Felixstowe

There are ‘no re­grets’ schemes for elec­tri­fi­ca­tion that would sup­port rail freight, ac­cord­ing to Rail De­liv­ery Group freight board mem­ber Paul Smart.

The for­mer Freight­liner Heavy Haul Manag­ing Direc­tor told Trans­port Select Com­mit­tee MPs: “The port of Thames Gate­way is less than two miles from the near­est wire, but all the trains there need diesel haulage as they can­not get across the two-mile gap. The Felixs­towe branch is 13 or so miles long. There is a chord in west Lon­don which would con­nect the elec­tri­fied Great West­ern to the elec­tri­fied North Lon­don. There are some ‘no re­grets’ schemes that would give us some quick wins.”

Smart ex­plained: “We need to view UK freight as a sys­tem and seek to cover what­ever modal shift we can to­wards rail freight within the ca­pac­ity avail­able now, and look at short wins to in­crease that ca­pac­ity so as not to view rail purely in a bub­ble, de­car­bon­is­ing rail freight, but as a con­tri­bu­tion to de­car­bon­is­ing the freight sec­tor.”

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