Before the government came to power they promised that they would be the greenest government ever in office, and so far not a great deal has been done to see this promise fulfilled.
However, the government have recently said that they are going to be focusing on electrifying more railways in the UK than ever before. The government have said that not only is this going to reduce the amount of carbon emissions that are seen on railways in the UK, but it is also going to reduce the price of fares.
Justine Greening, who is the Transport Secretary, has recently stated that a great deal of money is going to be spent on the railways in both England and Wales, with about £10 billion being spent on new projects.
The vast majority of money that is going to be used from this project is going to be focused on the electrification of railways in the country. This is going to be particularly focused on Wales, where currently electric railways are not that common.
The question the many people are now asking themselves is whether electric trains are actually greener than their diesel counterparts. The Department for Transport recently announced, “Part of our strategy is the electrification of the rail system in the UK, which will mean a significant reduction in the amount of carbon produced per person overall. We estimate that between 20 percent and 35 percent less carbon is going to be produced per passenger mile.”
What is interesting about this information is that they don’t offer a source for why they think the reductions will be so significant. Many people remain skeptical as to whether these figures will actually be lived up to.