Electrifying key UK rail routes will mean faster, greener, quieter and more reliable journeys for thousands of passengers. More seats than diesel trains and superior performance will give journey-time savings. Electric trains are cheaper to operate, require less maintenance and have lower energy costs.
They are also lighter and have less impact on the rail infrastructure. Electric trains emit 25-30% less carbon per passenger than a diesel. They also improve air quality in city centres and mainline stations. They are quieter and virtually silent when in a station.