References and Links
- Transport Scotland has published its rail decarbonisation action plan to decarbonise by 2035. Currently an outline plan; more detailed plans for each route will follow. Plans for England and Wales are keenly awaited.
- Department for Transport
- Transport for the North has given an overview of their recommendations for improving the rail network across N England. This is primarily about improving travel times, and is not specifically about decarbonisation. It does however include electrification of Leeds-Hull and Sheffield-Hull, and new high-speed connections Liverpool-Manchester-Bradford-Leeds will have to be electrified.
- Commons transport select committee 2019 - Trains fit for the future - written evidence - submissions from manufacturers and others concerned with railways. Of the manufacturers, Bombardier state their trains are modular and batteries can easily be added; recharge 7-10 minutes under catenaries; range up to 100km. Hitachi diesel bi-mode 5% greater weight than pure electric; design/build/deliver 2-3 years (their submission includes a map of which routes might be suitable for different technologies)
- The interim report of the Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy, led by Network Rail, has now been published, with the final version due by end 2020
- Rail Industry Decarbonisation Taskforce: final report, July 2019; recommended amongst other things that each organisation within the rail industry should produce a long-term plan for decarbonisation.
- The Rail Industry Association's Electrification Cost Challenge made recommendations for speeding up and reducing cost of track electrification.
- Railfuture gives their current priorities for electrification, describing implementation of battery trains as a 'quick win'.
Non-decarbonisation rail data
- Phil Deaves' site:
- Network Rail divides the network into 5 regions split into 14 sub-regions, which it rather confusingly calls routes
- the Sectional Appendix is the reference work of all the lines for which they are responsible. There's an online version (access available on request), or downloadable (large) pdfs of each route/region, which lists all lines by Line Of Route (LOR) code; details give ELR, max speeds, and whether electrified, and list mileage for every station, junction, loop, etc. Does not however give the timing points (TIPLOC) used in schedule data, and there doesn't appear to be a xref of which TIPLOCs are on which ELR/LOR, making it hard to match timetable data with line/route data.
- the yearly Network Statement includes an overall national electrification map, but it's hard to discern details on this.
- the network specification for each of its routes/regions contains overview sketch maps of electrified/non-electrified lines along with max speeds, but these are mainly several years old, and not up-to-date.
- OpenRailwayMap is a worldwide raster tile presentation of the railway network, updated daily. It uses OpenStreetMap data, but assumes the presence of certain tags, not consistently present for GB.