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Trains: Carbon Emissions

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the potential advantages in carbon reduction terms from the use of hybrid diesel and battery trains. (188473)

The Department for Transport has commissioned a study, to be published in March, which identifies potential carbon savings through the use of hybrid diesel high speed trains. Further work is being commissioned to identify the benefits of hybrid technology for trains operating urban and rural services.