Arup to assess the feasibility of hydrogen trains

Rail industry body RSSB has appointed London-based engineering and design firm Arup to develop a ‘route map to enter service’ for hydrogen-powered trains on the Great Britain mainline.

The work will involve establishing a high-level operational concept, the associated operational hazards, and regulatory obligations, Arup explained.

The news follows a proposal by UK government to replace all diesel-only trains by 2040. Alongside electrified rail and battery powered trains, the deployment of hydrogen-powered trains offers a lower carbon alternative to diesel.

Working closely with manufacturers, regulators, rolling stock owners and train operators, Arup’s work will inform the specific design solutions of hydrogen-powered trains, factoring in operation and safety risks.

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