Electric trains have been replaced with diesel trains in the UK due to a 200 percent increase in green electricity costs.
ELECTRIC trains are being replaced by diesel trains since the cost of running them has reportedly increased by 200 percent, a troubling step backwards in the midst of a worldwide energy crisis.
Rail freight operators are apparently being forced to stop using electric locomotives and return to diesel trains, which will result in higher carbon emissions and longer journey times. Increasing track access charges and rising wholesale energy prices, according to logistics companies, have rendered electric, low-carbon trains unaffordable to operate. The decision comes as the COP26 climate meeting, where world leaders will convene to debate their climate targets, approaches, and it is expected to weaken Britain’s position.
“Some operators have had to take the regretful decision to temporarily return to diesel locomotives,” the Rail Freight Group, the industry representative for the sector, said.
It comes after the UK’s electricity prices tripled as the country descended into an energy crisis, with gas prices also reaching new highs.
Pure Planet, which is funded by oil giant BP, and Colorado are among the energy companies that have lately gone bankrupt as a result of the issue.
Pure Planet serves approximately 235,000 domestic consumers with gas and electricity, whereas Colorado Energy serves approximately 15,000 domestic customers.
Avro Energy, People’s Energy, and Green Supplier Limited are among the other enterprises that have gone bankrupt.
Their failures occurred as a result of supply chain disruptions caused by higher pricing.
However, while power prices are rising and diesel is making a comeback, Rail Freight Group pointed out that, even when employing diesel locomotives, rail freight emits only about three-quarters as much carbon as road haulage.
“The present large increase in the wholesale cost of power for haulage means that some operators have had to make the regrettable decision to temporarily return to diesel locomotives,” a Rail Freight Group spokesperson stated.
“A 200 percent rise in electrical prices for each train cannot be borne by the operators or customers, thus steps are being made to ensure that trains can continue to convey essential supplies around the country.”
“Our members assure us that this is a temporary measure that will be reviewed on a regular basis.”
Freightliner, a major rail business and one of the “big four,” has announced that it would be compelled to return to diesel power.
“Brinkwire Summary News” described the move as “tough.”