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Press Comment on Use of Electric Traction in Rail Freight

Rail freight is acknowledged as a low carbon transport mode, emitting 76% less carbon dioxide than road freight even with use of diesel locomotives.  Rail freight operators are committed to further decarbonisation, and measures to increase sustainability.

However, the current significant increase in the wholesale cost of electricity for haulage means that some operators have had to take the regrettable decision to temporarily move back to diesel locomotives.  A 200% increase in electricity costs for each train cannot be absorbed by the operators, or customers, and so necessary action is being taken to ensure that trains can continue to operate delivering vital goods across the country.

Our members are assuring us that this is a temporary measure and will be kept under constant review.