Because of rising energy costs, the Rail Freight Group, a trade group representing operators in the UK’s rail freight sector, has announced that some of its members are moving to diesel locomotives and abandoning their electric freight trains.
“The current significant increase in the wholesale cost of electricity for haulage means that some operators have had to take the regrettable decision to temporarily move back to diesel locomotives” said the body.
“A 200% increase in electricity costs for each train cannot be absorbed by the operators or customers, and so necessary action is being taken to ensure that trains can continue to operate delivering vital goods across the country.”
“Electricity costs for Network Rail and passenger operators were negotiated some time ago and are fixed for this year and most of next.” said an network rail spokesman.
“A few operators, however, are subject to the current market wholesale price of electricity that Network Rail passes on directly at cost.
“Despite this, rail remains the most carbon efficient means of moving large quantities of both freight and people around the country.”
Rail freight operators switch to diesel locomotives: