The UK’s first hydrogen-powered train – known as HydroFLEX – ran on the English mainland today (30th September) as part of trials in Warwickshire.
The trials have been supported by a £750,000 grant from the Department for Transport after almost two years’ development work and more than £1m of investment by both Porterbrook and the University of Birmingham.
The technology behind hydrogen-powered trains will be available by 2023 to retrofit current in-service trains to hydrogen helping decarbonise the rail network and make rail journeys greener and more efficient.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said, “As we continue on our road to a green recovery, we know that to really harness the power of transport to improve our country – and to set a global gold standard – we must truly embed change. That’s why I’m delighted that through our plans to build back better we are embracing the power of hydrogen and the more sustainable, greener forms of transport it will bring.”
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