Eversholt Rail and Alstom have announced plans to fast-track the hydrogen train industry with a new £1m investment into British hydrogen trains, creating a new class of train, the 600 series.
Taking the Breeze hydrogen train plan to another level, this investment means that the Breeze will be ready for early deployment in the UK to meet the Government’s need.
Breeze trains will be built at Alstom’s Widnes Transport Technology Centre. Widnes will also become Alstom’s worldwide centre of excellence for hydrogen conversion, creating over 200 engineering jobs in the North West.
Eversholt Rail has said that hydrogen trains are ideally suited to regional rail services on routes that are not currently electrified.
As Breeze will be the first UK train fleet to use the Class 6xx category, it will bear the classification ‘600’.
“It’s time to jump-start the UK hydrogen revolution. With the Government looking to invest in green technologies, Alstom and Eversholt Rail have deepened our already extensive commitment to this job-creating technology with a further million-pound investment. This bold move to back the Government’s ambitions on hydrogen means we are the only game in town if you want a shovel ready British hydrogen train. The Breeze is good to go, wherever the Government commits to upgrading Britain’s railway with hydrogen trains,” said Nick Crossfield, Managing Director, UK & Ireland
Mary Kenny, CEO of Eversholt Rail, said “Eversholt Rail has a proud record of innovation in key rolling stock technologies and this further investment in the Breeze programme demonstrates our commitment to providing timely, cost-effective solutions to the identified need for hydrogen trains to support the decarbonisation of the UK railway”.
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