In response to the government’s publication of the Transport Decarbonisation Plan to decarbonise all modes of domestic transport by 2050, Andy Bagnall, Director General of the Rail Delivery Group, said:

“Taking the train is already one of the greenest ways for people and goods to move around the country and rail companies are eager to work with government to make it even greener.

“In the longer-term, that means a rolling programme of electrifying lines and investing in new battery and hydrogen technology.

“To make it easier for people to get on board with going green now, government should take a ‘polluter pays’ approach when it comes transport taxes like air passenger duty, and reform the rail fares system to encourage more passengers back by making it simpler to use and easier to get a good deal.”