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Railways: Environment

Volume 716: debated on Tuesday 5 January 2010

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what encouragement they are giving to the railway industry to improve its environmental efficiency. [HL902]

In the 2007 rail White Paper, Delivering a Sustainable Railway, the Government committed to setting an environmental target for the railway in control period 5 (2014-19). This is under development.

In addition, the Department for Transport has included environmental objectives in recent rail franchise specifications requiring operators to report on environmental performance and put in place measures to reduce environmental impacts.

The department is also working closely with rail stakeholders on a range of initiatives to improve rail's environmental efficiency, for example, through the rollout of regenerative braking on electric trains and trialling the use of biofuels in diesel trains.