Could tubes, trains and trams go solar?

Rail, tube and tram networks could be connected directly to trackside solar panels for subsidy-free clean energy. That’s the suggestion from climate change charity 10:10 and Imperial College London’s Energy Futures Lab, which say this could reduce strain on the electricity grid by bypassing it altogether. They believe connecting solar arrays and battery storage units […]

Swap planes for trains ‘to stop emissions in their tracks’

A shift in travel from planes to trains between London and Central Scotland has helped slash 681,064 tonnes of emissions. That’s according to new research published by Transform Scotland, which suggests the proportion of Anglo-Scottish journeys taken by rail grew by 13% between 2005 and 2015, rising from a fifth to a third of all […]

Dutch trains get the wind in their sails

All electric trains in the Netherlands are now powered by wind energy. This has happened a year earlier than initially anticipated, following an agreement between Dutch national railway company Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) and power firm Eneco to reach this point by January 2018. The companies will continue to work together as part of the decade-long deal they agreed upon two years ago. […]

Coal train protestors’ convictions overturned

Protestors who were convicted of obstructing a coal train headed to Drax power station in 2008 today had their criminal sentences overturned. Judges at the High Court heard the appeal from 29 climate change protestors whose actions reportedly caused £37,000 worth of damage. In 2009 and 2010 they were sentenced with one man given 60 hours […]

Solar-powered futuristic ‘Hyperloop’ megatrain idea unveiled

A US billionaire entrepreneur has unveiled a new public transport system which he claims could take people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just half an hour. The founder of Tesla, SpaceX and PayPal, Elon Musk claims his supersonic ‘Hyperloop’ will be both cheaper and faster for travellers compared to a conventional rail link. […]

Driving trains the green way…

Can driving trains more efficiently save both money and energy? Vicky Ellis investigates.