London tube travellers ‘more exposed to pollution than drivers’

Car drivers in London are causing the most pollution per commuter but are the least exposed to it. That’s according to new research, which revealed commuters who use the Underground are actually the most exposed to toxic air quality, followed by those on buses. Researchers at the University of Surrey found underground trains with open […]

New UK research to investigate solar use to power trains

A new project is to investigate using track-side solar panels to power trains in the UK. The Renewable Traction Power project will look at connecting solar panels directly to train lines to provide electricity. It is a collaboration between Imperial College London, charity 10:10, Turbo Power Systems, Community Energy South and Energy Futures Lab. It […]

Wind energy to power trains in Belgium

Belgium has plans to power 170 trains by wind energy. In total 25 turbines, located in different regions of the country will generate 35 million kWh of energy – equivalent to powering 10,000 homes. About two-thirds of the electricity produced will be used for the rail line between Leuven and Liege and the surplus will be […]

Go-Ahead’s energy bills ‘higher than profits’

One of the UK’s largest transport companies spends more on energy bills than it earns in operational profits. Go-Ahead Group runs a number of rail and bus firms in the UK, with more than 800 trains and 4,600 buses. Group Environment and Energy Manager, Chris Grinsted said: “We spend upwards of £120 million a year […]

Driving trains the green way

  Can driving trains more efficiently save both money and energy? Northern Rail spends £30 million a year on energy and diesel counts for a huge chunk of that. It hopes to cut this down by 3% to counter new trains it has added to its fleet. Watch on to find out how the rail company’s drivers […]

Eco-driving chugs Stagecoach towards 6% carbon cut

Stagecoach has cut the carbon footprint for all of its bus and rail operations in the UK, USA and Canada by 6% in the last three years. The public transport firm touted the saving for its 13,000 buses, coaches, trains and trams which are used by around three million passengers a day. It owns East […]

Choo choo! Northern Rail trains drivers to slash fuel use

It’s full steam ahead for fuel efficiency in the North of England as Northern Rail is teaching its train drivers simple techniques to slash their diesel use. The firm spends £30 million a year on energy and diesel counts for a huge chunk of that and hopes to cut this down by 3% to counter […]

Overhead rail power line failures sidestepped

Train delays from overhead power line problems could soon be a thing of the past. Researchers at City University London are working on an early warning system that will flag up defects before they escalate and cause major, costly failures called ‘dewirements’. City’s Professors Ken Grattan and Tong Sun have got £102,000 in funding from […]