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It will bring the rail network into line with a government bid to see an end to petrol and diesel cars within the same 20 year time frame.
Mr Johnson will say: “I would like to see us take all diesel-only trains off the track by 2040.
“If that seems like an ambitious goal, it should be and I make no apology for that. “After all we’re committed to ending the sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040. If we can achieve that, then why can’t the railway aspire to a similar objective?”
Instead of diesel engines, the minister will call on the industry to lead the world in low emission technology and alternative fuels, such as hydrogen units.
As battery technology improves, batteries will be able to power trains between electrified sections of the network, he will argue.
Mr Johnson will also tell rail bosses to report back to him in the Autumn with their new thinking.
This article first appeared on www.thesun.co.uk
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