In Brief

Network Rail offers sustainable alternative to modern rail travel

Network Rail is currently running a test schedule of a battery-powered commuter train. The schedule serves a 12-mile stretch of track in Essex and will continue through February as a shakedown phase for the Class 379 Electrostar train.

Also called the Independently Powered Electric Multiple Unit (IPEMU), the electric train runs only slightly slower than diesel powered trains or those on an electrical cable route. If the test is successful, the benefits of a system of battery-powered commuter trains could be substantial:

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