TRAVEL GREENER WITH HULL TRAINS

Did you know train travel is one of the greenest forms of transport and just one train can remove hundreds of cars from the road? Leave your car at home and travel greener when you go by train. Travelling with Hull Trains can save over 90% in CO2 compared to driving the same journey.

Our Paragon fleet of trains operate on bi-mode technology meaning we can run on both electic and diesel where we have overhead electrical wires available on our route. Running on electricity allows us to decrease our emissions and also reduces our noise pollution.

Find journey details below to see how much CO2 you can save when you travel with Hull Trains.

Rail CO₂ Savings Compared to Driving

CO2 savings graphic showing 92 percent savings vs car

Hull to London King's Cross

Travelling by rail emits 12.3 times CO2 less than driving.
• 5.45 kgCO2e by train
• 67.2 kgCO2e by car
• 91.9% savings (train vs car)

CO2 savings graphic showing 95 percent savings vs car

Selby to London King's Cross

Travelling by rail emits 20 times less CO2 than driving.
• 3.24 kgCO2e by train
• 64.63 kgCO2e by car
• 95% savings (train vs car)

CO2 savings graphic showing 96 percent savings vs car

Doncaster to London King's Cross

Travelling by rail emits 22.1 times less CO2 than driving.
• 2.69 kgCO2e by train
• 59.54 kgCO2e by car
• 95.5% saving (train vs car)

CO2 savings graphic showing 95 percent savings vs car

Grantham to London King's Cross

Travelling by rail emits 21.3 times less CO2 than driving.
• 1.82 kgCO2e by train
• 38.78 kgCO2e by car
• 95.3% saving (train vs car)


Hull Trains Journey Distance (km) CO₂ Savings Compared to Driving How many times less emissions? (Rail vs Car)
Beverley to London King's Cross 343.2 km 91.8% 12.2x
Cottingham to London King's Cross 336.3 km 92.2% 12.8x
Hull to London King's Cross 330 km 91.9% 12.3x
Brough to London King's Cross 313.2 km 93.4% 15.1x
Howden to London King's Cross 294.1 km 94.7% 18.9x
Selby to London King's Cross 280.2 km  95% 19.9x
Doncaster to London King's Cross 250.7 km 95.5% 22.1x
Retford to London King's Cross 222.8 km 95.3% 21.4x
Grantham to London King's Cross 169.6 km 95.3% 21.3x
Hull to Grantham 160.4 km 88.5% 8.7x
Hull to Doncaster 79.3 km  90.4% 10.4x 
Hull to Selby 49.7 km 92.3% 13x
Hull to Brough 16.8 km 91.9% 12.3x
This data was derived for both FirstGroup Open Access Operators, Hull Trains and Lumo. Find more information here.
 
Better By Train Graphic low carbon emissions

Travelling Greener By Rail

Travelling by train is a more sustainable way to get from A to B than driving alone in a private car. Rail is a low carbon mode of transport and plays a key role in helping to minimise the carbon impacts of transport. Our Paragon fleet of trains are bi-mode and can operate in both energy efficient diesel mode or by using overhead electric lines.

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Our Actions Towards Environmental Sustainability

Not only do we want to provide the best possible journey experience for our passengers, we are constantly looking to make positive changes to the way we operate to benefit the environment. From pollution prevention to resource conservation, we are actively working to minimise our footprint to become more sustainable.

We are always looking at opportunities to enhance and protect the environment where we can control and influence whether it be through the energy we use, the products we buy, the suppliers we use to the waste created by our activities.

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Protecting Our Environment

We want to provide the best possible journey experience including making a positive contribution to environmental sustainability. To help us achieve this, we operate environmental and energy management systems.

Hull Trains' energy management system (EnMS) is certified against BS EN ISO 50001:2018 by BSI. The scope of our certification is ‘The energy management system for the provision of passenger rail transportation and head office activities’. BS EN ISO 50001:2018 is the recognised international standard for EnMSs designed to make the most from energy technology. A good EnMS ensures that we understand how our organisation uses energy for operating trains, heating, cooling, and lighting etc., and the opportunities to reduce our energy usage.

View our ISO50001 Certificate  |  View our Energy Policy Statement 

Train travel removes up to 500 cars off the road

We Mean Green

A single train service can remove up to 500 cars from our roads. Not only is train travel quicker, it's also the most convenient way to travel. Leave the car at home and save money on petrol and save time on travel.

Hull Trains offer the fastest direct journey times from East Yorkshire to London and you'll even arrive into London before 9am on Saturdays. Travelling by rail means you can be more productive on route to your destination, and with our free Wi-Fi you'll stay connected throughout your journey with us.

How Can I Travel More Sustainably?

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Choose an Eticket

Go paperless and travel with an eticket. This is our most popular ticket delivery method and you'll also skip collection queues at the station.

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Travel with Hull Trains

Travel by rail on board our high-tech Paragon fleet with less CO2 emissions thanks to our bi-mode capabilities.

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Locally Sourced

Our Standard Class and First Class food and drink offering includes local Yorkshire suppliers which reduces our carbon footprint by shortening the supply chain.

Sustainability FAQs

kgCO2e (kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent) is the metric carbon footprints are measured in. Emissions are presented in terms of kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions equivalent (kgCO2e).
Look for your Hull Trains journey in the table above for your CO2 savings compared to travelling the same journey by car.
We worked with ARUP to calculate the carbon emission savings when travelling with Hull Trains compared to driving the same journey and distance.

The emissions are presented in terms of kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions equivalent (kgCO2e).
Our data compares rail travel to petrol car.
Train travel is the greenest form of public transport, especially when travelling long distance journeys.

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