Network Rail and Porterbrook to showcase Britain’s green trains of the future


Network Rail and Porterbrook to showcase Britain’s green trains of the future

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Network Rail has announced plans to work with rolling stock owner and asset manager, Porterbrook, to showcase some of the best of British low-carbon train technology at the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which will be held in Glasgow later this year.

The collaboration will bring a ground-breaking hydrogen-powered HydroFLEX train that has been converted to include an ‘on-board boardroom’ to COP26, giving invited guests the chance to use the train to support the globally significant discussions that will take place.

This unique fringe event will give guests, including leaders and climate experts, a first-hand experience of British technological innovation and expertise, and how alternative fuel trains of the future will play a vital part in building back better and greener from the pandemic.

Martin Frobisher, Network Rail’s Group Safety and Engineering Director said – “I’m delighted to announce we are hosting this exciting train at COP26. Rail is already the greenest form of public transport and we want to show our commitment to running an even cleaner, greener railway and playing a vital role in helping tackle climate change.

To do this, we’re working in partnership with Porterbrook, an innovative British company who have developed green technology with tremendous export potential.”

Mary Grant, CEO of Porterbrook said – “We are delighted to work with Martin and the Network Rail team to bring our HydroFLEX to COP26 and showcase the best of British engineering to the world.

Porterbrook has spent the last three years working on a range of engineering initiatives that will help both UK and Scottish governments meet their decarbonisation targets.

We believe that our £7m investment in HydroFLEX reflects a significant acceleration of the railway industry’s journey towards Net Zero.”

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