Electrification: Back on the Current Agenda?

Although the United Kingdom is the only country with diesel-powered high speed trains, efforts to promote electrification of diesel routes have been stymied by the UK government. This article discusses some of the benefits of electrification and describes current lobbying efforts. As passenger numbers rise, the cost per kilometer of electrification decreases. Fossil fuel is also less energy-efficient than an electric motor, which is an increasingly important consideration as the price of oil continues to rise. Lobbyists for electrification hope that the government will reconsider its position as it tries to promote rail travel as the environmentally-friendly alternative to road travel.


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  • Accession Number: 01100286
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 28 2008 12:47PM