UK to part out diesel-only trains in UK by 2040 – FT

(Reuters) – The UK government has set out plans to finish using diesel-only trains on Britain’s railways by 2040, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

Rail minister Jo Johnson will name on the rail trade in a speech on Monday to attract up plans to part out diesel-only trains, the FT stated.

“I would like to see us take all diesel-only trains off the track by 2040,” Johnson will say within the speech, the FT stated. “If that seems like an ambitious goal, it should be and I make no apology for that.”

An estimated 29 p.c of Britain’s present fleet is run solely on diesel gas, based on the FT’s report.

Last 12 months, Britain stated it will ban the sale of recent petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040 in an try to cut back air air pollution that would herald the tip of over a century of reliance on the inner combustion engine.

The British government had been underneath stress to take steps to cut back air air pollution after shedding authorized instances introduced by marketing campaign teams. Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives had pledged to make “almost every car and van” zero-emission by 2050.

Reporting by Abinaya Vijayaraghavan in Bengaluru; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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