Network Rail pilots zero-emission engineering works

A rail station with a machine on the tracks doing maintainance works.
(Image: Network Rail)

Network Rail has completed a pilot scheme of zero carbon emissions engineering works at Royston Station.

The project, which Network Rail said is the first of its kind in Eastern England, used hybrid rail engineering vehicles operating solely in battery mode, welfare facilities powered by batteries, plus battery and solar-powered tower lighting throughout the site.

Engineers carried out overhead line equipment renewals through the station across four nights. Carbon-intensive, diesel-powered generators and rail equipment were not used during construction.

An 80Kw battery pack on site was used to power welfare facilities and charge the rail vehicles after they had been used for work. Engineers also used battery-powered tools, and materials such as plastics and paper, while other consumables were all recyclable.

Network Rail aims to become net zero by 2050.

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