The UK’s first hybrid train is now operational

Chiltern Railways has retrofitted a 20-year-old diesel train with a battery that allows it to consume 25% less fuel and significantly reduce air pollution.

Chiltern, Porterbrook and Rolls-Royce Railways have worked together to convert the diesel train to one that now runs on both diesel and battery power.

It is the first hybrid train capable of traveling at 160 km/h on the UK national rail network.

The train has a 25% reduction in CO2 emissions on each trip.

The HybridFlex train dramatically reduces fuel consumption and reduces noise by up to 75% in and around stations and urban areas. This also presents the opportunity to accelerate customer journeys in the future.

“Chiltern Railways is committed to operating as sustainable and environmentally responsible railway as possible,” said Richard Allan, Managing Director of Chiltern Railway.

“We worked hard with our partners to install a powerful power pack under a 20 year old diesel train to make the train cleaner, quieter and faster. We are really proud that this concept train is now carrying customers and we look forward to evaluating its performance in daily service.

The HybridFlex train will initially operate between Aylesbury and London Marylebone with plans to bring the new type of train on the London-Oxford route via Bicester Village in the coming months.

“Rail is getting even greener and Chiltern Railways’ launch of this state-of-the-art hybrid train is another big step forward,” said Wendy Morton, government minister for railways. “We’re working across transportation to achieve net zero by 2050, and it’s great to see our railways rise to the challenge.”

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