Will the UK ever get electrification back on track? – Railway Technology
Network Rail is currently installing new electrification and signalling equipment between Preston and Blackpool, UK. Credit: Network Rail.
Faced with growing pressure to reduce carbon emissions, European countries are increasingly making moves to power their trains with electricity instead of diesel. In the UK, however, political machinations and broken promises have hampered progress. According to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the UK’s share of electrified railways comes in at a paltry 42%.
UK rail infrastructure operator Network Rail is still engaged in electrification projects across Britain, including lines in Glasgow, Manchester and London. It is also building and extending new lines with overhead line equipment for Crossrail and HS2, two of the most high-profile ongoing rail projects in the country. Will the UK ever get electrification back on track? – Railway Technology