A new project, code-named 'Breeze' is a recently unveiled plan by Alstom and Eversholt Rail where they're looking to convert the existing stock of Class 321 trains to run on Hydrogen. It has been a long time coming to implement Hydrogen powered trains to the UK rail network but plans are beginning to take shape.
By re-engineering the current trains the UK hopes to create a cleaner option for the modern age with hopes of a roll out by 2022. The Class 321 was chosen due to its proven and reliable history as well as it's fleet size and availability for conversion to a Hydrogen Multiple Unit (HMU).
By working closely with industry stakeholders, Alstom and Eversholt Rail look to develop a business case to evaluate a detailed introduction plan for fleets of the innovative trains and the associated fuelling infrastructure.
“Hydrogen train technology is an exciting innovation which has the potential to transform our railway, making journeys cleaner and greener by cutting CO2 emissions even further. We are working with industry to establish how hydrogen trains can play an important part in the future, delivering better services on rural and inter-urban routes,” said Andrew Jones MP, UK Rail Minister.