Electrification

Electrification of the railway allows for faster, greener, more reliable train journeys, improves passenger services and supports economic growth in Britain

As part of our Railway Upgrade Plan we’re working closely with the Department for Transport, train companies and other stakeholders to deliver significant electrification projects.

 
  • More capacity for passengers: more seats than diesel trains of the same length.
  • Faster than diesel trains: superior braking and acceleration make journey times shorter.
  • Quieter than diesel trains: good news for people living near the railway – our lineside neighbours.
  • Better for the environment: their carbon emissions are 20 to 35 per cent lower than those from diesel trains, and there are no emissions at the point of use, improving air quality in pollution hot spots, such as city centres.
  • Lighter: less maintenance is needed because electric trains cause less wear to the track, so the railway is more reliable for passengers.
  • Good for the economy: faster trains with more seats and better connections with previously hard-to-reach areas improve access to jobs and services, and open up new business opportunities.

  • More capacity for passengers: more seats than diesel trains of the same length.
  • Faster than diesel trains: superior braking and acceleration make journey times shorter.
  • Quieter than diesel trains: good news for people living near the railway – our lineside neighbours.
  • Better for the environment: their carbon emissions are 20 to 35 per cent lower than those from diesel trains, and there are no emissions at the point of use, improving air quality in pollution hot spots, such as city centres.
  • Lighter: less maintenance is needed because electric trains cause less wear to the track, so the railway is more reliable for passengers.
  • Good for the economy: faster trains with more seats and better connections with previously hard-to-reach areas improve access to jobs and services, and open up new business opportunities.