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Improving lineside biodiversity

As part of its new action plan for sustainable vegetation management, Network Rail is using cutting-edge technology along Britain’s 20,000-mile rail network,Scientists from the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) have used high-resolution imagery from satellites and aircraft...

New report lays out plans for transport decarbonisation

Alstom has launched a new report detailing how the government can decarbonise the transport sector, and in doing so, jump start the economy post Covid-19.In particular the report calls for:Rolling out fleets of 300-400 hydrogen trains to replace diesels;A...

HS2 to plant 730,000 trees by Spring 2021

Specialist ecology teams from HS2 will plant over 300,000 trees across the Phase One route during the winter monthsThis will take the total number of trees planted between London and the Midlands to over 730,000 by Spring 2021HS2 will...

GWR’s bi-mode trains to become tri-modes

The 36 Class 802 trains operated on the Great Western main line by GWR may soon be running on battery power, after an exclusive agreement has been signed Hitachi Rail and Eversholt Rail.With their sleek design, Hitachi’s trains have...

Human Behaviour – how climate change and Covid-19 challenge us to act differently

Climate change is such a large issue, and achieving Net Zero such a difficult task, it is all too easy to put our hands up and say: “But what can I do?” The reality is, if you work in...

Russian Routes to Zero Carbon Rail

The Russian International Transport and Logistics Forum PRO//MOTION.1520 is usually held in Sochi and attracts delegates for many countries. Not surprisingly, this year it was held online. Its “Green Swan Solutions” session considered environmental initiatives and took place at...

Routes to Zero Carbon Rail

In May (issue 184), we reported on the Railway Industry Association (RIA)’s first on-line Unlocking Innovation event. These events have now been running for ten years and aim to inform suppliers about industry challenges and help them respond by...

Hydrogen trains coming soon?

If Britain’s transport is to stop using petroleum, electricity is the only alternative practical method of supplying vehicles with the huge amount of energy they use. In 2018, UK transport consumed 55.2 million tonnes of oil whilst the nation’s...

Environmental clean-up started at Llangennech

Work has commenced to remove and replace 12,000 cubic metres of diesel-contaminated soil around the site of the Llangennech freight train fire that took place three months ago.Being undertaken by specialist environmental contractors Adler and Allan and Jacobs, work...

DB Cargo tests alternative to diesel fuel

As part of its programme to look for new and innovative ways to power its fleet and decarbonise its operations, DB Cargo UK has successfully trialled the use of 100% renewable Hydro-treated Vegetable Oil (HVO) as an alternative to...

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Tractor driver dumps slurry onto railway

A tractor driver has been filmed dumping a tank full of slurry onto the West Coast main line in...