New greener trains are to be rolled out across Britain alongside a wider £48 billion investment to upgrade tracks.
The Department for Transport (DfT) say the new greener trains will modernise travel, and by the end of 2022, more than 4,500 new carriages will be delivered to rail passengers in the UK.
This investment by train operators and the government will help to transform the railways and comes as the state-of-the-art Azuma trains arrive on the East Coast Main Line.
These new trains will provide passengers and business users with modern, spacious and comfortable trains throughout the country.
Passengers will benefit from comfortable seats, improved accessibility, power sockets, air conditioning and free wifi.
Chris Grayling, Transport Secretary, explained that these new trains are part of a commitment to decarbonising the rail network.
He said: “The introduction of thousands of new trains that are better for both passengers and the environment shows this government’s commitment to improving journeys, and we’re spending a record £48 billion to modernise our rail network.
“Train operators across the country will replace old trains to transform the environment of passengers to enable faster journeys and provide more comfort and better accessibility.
“The launch of the Azumas on the East Coast Line marks the next step in one of the biggest transformations of fleets across the country.
“Alongside these new trains, we have also been clear that we want to see alternatively-powered trains introduced to the UK rail network where required, alongside electric trains.”
Even more new greener trains will appear on Britain’s rail network over the coming months; the government is committed to reducing the carbon footprint in the country, which will also drive down the number of harmful emissions in the air.
Last year, the total carbon dioxide emissions on passenger trains fell by 195 kilotons – which is the equivalent of taking 85,000 cars off the road.
The trend is set to continue.