05 Mar 2008 11:03:36
'Rail improvements needed' to reduce carbon emissions
People in the UK may wish to adopt travel by rail, rather than by car, in an effort to cut their carbon dioxide emissions, a new report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has suggested.
The BBC reported that the authors of the report claim that more investment into Britain's railways is needed if transport emissions are to be cut.
Cliff Perry, vice-president of the institution's railway division, said: "85 per cent of transport emissions come from roads, so if we are serious about doing something we must hit road transport."
Calculations from the report indicate that on a typical car journey between London and Paris, around two and a half times more carbon dioxide is produced than on the equivalent rail journey.
Meanwhile, when aviation is factored into the equation, around ten times more carbon emissions are produced on a journey of the same length.
However, the institution reports that a number of improvements should be made to the rail system to encourage greater use, such as Wi-Fi, improved catering, lower ticket prices and security measures for passengers.
Currently 20 per cent of electricity used by Virgin Trains comes from renewable sources.