The first battery-powered train to carry passengers on Britain’s rail network in more than 50 years goes into operation this week.
The new train will run in weekday timetable service for five weeks between Harwich International and Manningtree stations in Essex.
Network Rail will be gathering information on how the battery-powered carraiges handle the pressures of a day-to-day passenger service.
The firm has a commitment to reduce its environmental impact, improve sustainability and reduce the cost of running the railway by 20 per cent over the next five years, and sees the eco-friendly, quieter trains as a key part of that goal.
Successful trials could lead to a fleet of battery-powered trains running on Britain’s rail network.
Watch Network Rail principal engineer James Ambrose explain more below.
The rail minister Claire Perry said: “This is a major milestone in this innovative project, and further proof of our commitment to deliver a world-class rail network fit for the 21st century.”