Source: Alstom

A new hydrogen train could enter UK markets as early as 2022.

Alstom, a multinational company operating worldwide in rail transport markets, has revealed that the train, nicknamed ‘Breeze’, will be a conversion of existing Class 321 trains, reengineering some of the UK’s most reliable stock, to create a clean train for the modern age. Read more: Hydrogen – the “missing link” in energy transition

Claire Perry MP, UK Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, said: “Transport in the UK has evolved over centuries from the world’s first steam train to the tens of thousands of electric vehicles on our roads today thanks to our nation of innovators.

"This new hydrogen powered train, which will only emit water, is further proof of the UK’s continued creativity to transform the way we travel as we continue to move to a greener, cleaner economy.”

The international company is collaborating with Eversholt Rail to bring the train to UK markets.

According to the developers, the train will emit only water and therefore won’t produce any harmful emissions.

Nick Crossfield, Alstom UK & Ireland Managing Director, said: “The Breeze will be a clean new train for the UK with a stylish, modern look. The railways need to decarbonise and the Government has rightly set out a goal to eliminate diesel rolling stock by 2040.

"Hydrogen trains offer an ideal solution for routes which are unlikely to benefit from electrification, and our innovative engineering solution means they can now fit within the UK loading gauge and can quickly be ready to roll on Britain’s railways.”

In September, Alstom welcomed their first hydrogen train, the Coradia iLint in Germany, where they now operate in regular passenger service on a daily basis.