Are trains more environmentally friendly than planes?

Rail is considered more environmentally friendly than air travel however the degree to which this is true vary depending on the length of journey, occupancy levels and energy source for each mode of transport.

While ground transport has utilised electricity as a supply source for many years, this is currently not possible for the aviation sector. Instead they are limited to carbon intensive aviation fuel, projects have commenced to reduce the environmental impact of this. In the rail industry there are two forms of energy utilised at present diesel and electricity.

Here at LNER we reduced our diesel consumption by 30% in 2019. In doing so we were able to reduce the carbon emissions of the business, equally trains which can utilise electricity are significantly cleaner in terms of emissions to the air. This is largely facilitated by national grid decarbonisation projects which is bringing online more renewable sources.

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