18 Jan 2008 05:01:30
London borough considers electric train proposal
A London borough is considering a proposal to introduce electric trains in an attempt to reduce the carbon emissions caused by transport in the area.
Camden Council's executive committee is set to examine plans for a train to run through the village of Hampstead, with local councillors claiming it would also represent a tourist attraction for the area, the Hampstead and Highgate Express reported.
The proposal is one of a raft of measures recommended to the committee as the area looks to reduce its environmental impact, with other suggestions including car free periods and the introduction of Camden Carbon Offset Fund.
At the same time, there are plans to increase the cost of parking permits for cars with bigger engines, with Cllr Alexis Rowell telling the newspaper that something had to be done to reduce carbon emissions from local transport.
"Transport is responsible for 22 per cent of Camden's carbon emissions and we have to do something about it," she said.
Yesterday (January 17th) a government-backed report recommended that local councils increase their provision of online services to help contribute to cutting greenhouse gas emissions from transport.