Hull Trains is committed to helping everyone travel in greener ways and is delighted to announce that it has significantly reduced both energy consumption and carbon emissions since the introduction of its Paragon fleet.
The high-tech fleet of Hitachi 802’s is powered by both diesel and electric and replaced the 180 fleets in 2019.
Following checks on the last six periods of data, Hull Trains are now able to demonstrate an average energy reduction of 62.3% against the old 180 and HST fleet. Furthermore, this means a 64% reduction in CO2e emitted per vehicle km.*
David Gibson, Managing Director, said: “Travelling by train is the greenest form of public transport and one single train journey can remove up to 500 cars from the road. By investing in trains that can operate using both electric and diesel, Hull Trains made an investment not only in improved customer experience but also in making the towns and cities we serve cleaner and healthier.”
Travelling by train makes up 10% of journeys but only 1% of travel emissions. Furthermore, trains can reduce the UK’s carbon emissions by up to 7.7 million tonnes every year.
“The next challenge of course is to get that CO2 emissions number even lower, and I will be working with the fleet and the operational teams to make this happen,” added Mr Gibson, “everyone at Hull Trains is working towards the same goal of reducing impact on our environment and making a real difference to future generations.”
The news comes as the rail industry prepares to showcase its green credentials at the COP26 Transport Day on November 10th. The ‘We Mean Green’ campaign, promoted by the Rail Delivery Group, aims to champion the benefits of train travel to both delegates and the general public. For more information visit www.nationalrail.co.uk/wemeangreen
*The latest data shows an average energy reduction of 6.951kWh/vkm versus 2.622 kWh/vkm against the old 180 and HST fleet, and reduction in CO2e emitted per vehicle km (1.701kg/vkm versus 0.6117kg/vkm).