Electric Trains To Be Trialled in Ealing

Service between West Ealing and Greenford will be first of its kind in UK

New battery technology is enabling service to operate
New battery technology is enabling service to operate


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A new electric train service between West Ealing and Greenford Stations is set to be trialled later this year – the first of its kind in the country.

The trial aims to demonstrate that the equipment works reliably for commuters whilst supporting the transition to even more environmentally friendly methods of transport.

The new service is the result of a successful funding bid to the Department for Transport by Ealing Council and will be operated by Great western Railway in partnership with Network Rail and manufacturer Vivarail.

The technology relies on fast-charging battery power and should mean the service will be net-zero for carbon emissions and there will be less noise for passengers and local people.

Extended battery use to power trains has typically been constrained by its range, meaning widespread implementation has not previously been feasible.

Now, this latest battery power technology affords a range of up to 62 miles and automatically recharges in only 10 minutes at the end of a journey, without affecting the train’s scheduling.

The battery-charging equipment will be installed at West Ealing Station and be combined with a Class 230 train – which was first showcased at COP26 last year when it ran daily services throughout the international climate change conference in Glasgow.

Councillor Deirdre Costigan, cabinet member for climate action said, “We have worked hard to secure the trialling of this new technology in our borough and I am delighted to see the new service ready to be piloted later this year.

“This battery-powered system is genuinely pioneering green technology – proven by the fact that it was showcased for the very first time at COP26.

“It is another vital step as we look to secure a carbon neutral future for the borough by 2030. We will always look to support residents to make positive changes and choose environmentally-friendly transport options over shorter, high polluting car journeys.”

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March 24, 2022

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