Hydrogen the favoured solution as UK government aims to scrap all diesel-only trains by 2040

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In a speech by rail minister Jo Johnson, the UK rail industry was urged to be more environmentally ambitious and given a warning to come forward with ideas and strategies to ensure the phasing out of diesel-only trains is achievable. “I would like to see us take all diesel-only trains off the track by 2040,” Johnson said. “If that seems like an ambitious goal, it should be and I make no apology for that. After all, we’re committed to ending the sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040. If we can achieve that, then why can’t the railway aspire to a similar objective?”

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