Electric railway

Why is now the time for electrification?

The coronavirus pandemic has forced changes of an unprecedented scale across the UK’s commuting networks. COVID-19 has given us all the space to pause and reflect, to build a different future – one where we work, live and travel in a different way.

The publication of Network Rail’s Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy report in September is symptomatic of this reflection.

We need to decarbonise our railways now, and the only way we can meaningfully do this is by finally, wholly committing to a long-term rail electrification plan.

As businesses look to return to some form of on-site work, they are aware that many employees will not return to their former travel patterns.  It is likely that many staff, will have new expectations for flexible, greener, COVID-secure travel. 

For commuting, this means recognising longer-term trends impacting journey and using current disruption as an opportunity to design transport systems that help the UK transition to a better connected, decarbonised and rebalanced future state.

To hear more from Maria, click here to read the article in full view. 





Where next for Metrolink?

Our June/July 2021 edition of RTM covers all different aspects of the rail industry, from embedding environmental initiatives across rail projects, to innovative work being done to encourage collaboration between HS2 and academia, and a focus on the future of light rail around the UK, including what is next for Greater Manchester’s Metrolink network.


View all videos
Passenger Experience Event Banner

RTM365 Online Festival

The Era of Passenger Experience
18th August 2021

 On 18th August, RTM365 will host their Passenger Experience virtual event which will explore the plans to implement the changes affecting passenger experience laid out in the recent Williams Shapps review, the challenges that we need to overcome, opportunities for the supply chain and what we envisage the future of the passenger to be.


The Green Rail Revolution

Maria Machancoses, Director of Midlands Connect discusses the importance of HS2 to the Midlands and the UK, their collaborative work with the Department for Transport, and how we need to embrace the railways again.

More articles...

View all