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Sustainable rail programme

The Sustainable Rail Programme (SRP) supports the industry in meeting the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development. It is a cross-industry programme facilitated by RSSB, which focusses on policy, strategy, and research.

Current projects

  • Sustainable stations – a research project to define and measure sustainable station operation
  • Traction carbon trajectory – establishing the industry's carbon ambition for 2024
  • Non-traction energy – developing guidance on non-traction energy efficiency technologies
  • Accessibility – establishing good practice in accessibility for rail
  • Sustainability in franchising – supporting the DfT to embed sustainable development in franchising.

For more information on these projects, please email

Tools and guidance

  • Rail carbon tool – In 2015 RSSB launched a Rail Carbon Tool which encourages users to reduce their carbon footprint by enabling them to assess the levels of emissions that will be created by their activities.  Now with over 300 users, the tool is being used on several large infrastructure projects, such as Great Western Electrification, East West Rail 2 and Bank Station Upgrade.  Watch the video below to find out more.


The SRP is governed by the Sustainable Development Steering Group (SDSG), which agrees programme plans and approves all projects. SDSG is made up of representatives from Network Rail, Rail Delivery Group, passenger and freight train operators, rolling stock leasing companies, the Rail Industry Association, the Department for Transport, the Office of Rail and Road, and Transport for London.

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