Alstom has called for a £10bn investment programme in UK rail and mass transit systems, through which it would like fleets of clean, zero emission hydrogen trains to replace pouting diesel alternatives.
Titled: The UK’s New Green Age; A Step Change in Transport Decarbonisation, the report states that 300-400 hydrogen trains could be launched simply with a like for like replacement of diesels and would deliver huge environmental benefits.
The report was released after recent research revealed that the UK is lagging behind surrounding countries in comparable infrastructure. For example, France has over double the number of mass transit systems as the UK, whilst Germany has four.
Alstom has also deployed its hydrogen innovations in few nearby areas.
With a focus on the UK, the study says that investing in mass transit schemes would help boost many regions of the UK which are struggling with the pandemic, and which the Government have promised to ‘level up’.
As well as the economic benefits, the report reveals the true scale environmental advancements that these schemes bring, including tackling carbon emissions, cleaning air and supporting modal shift.
“Many areas need investment to help ‘level up’ and to bounce back from the challenges posed by COVID-19. Green transport schemes not only help areas to build back better but bring long-term environmental benefits too,” said Nick Crossfield, Managing Director of Alstom UK and Ireland.
“They have a strong role in reducing transport emissions, improving air quality, and providing an economic boost for local areas. Green public transport systems provide some of the tools areas need to tackle congestion, bring greener living and lever in investment and jobs.”
“Alstom is helping deliver these schemes across the world and we’ve seen the benefit at first hand. There is a huge opportunity in the UK to create a step change. We can create a win for regions, a win for the environment and a win for the economy.”