Sustainable rail

…where the economy, society and environment all benefit.

We head the industry’s action to put rail at the heart of a low-carbon economy and seal its status as the hub of a sustainable, accessible and joined-up transport network.

Rail is the most sustainable form of mass transport. But others are catching up: electric cars are forecast to be cheaper than petrol cars by 2025. So rail must protect its position as the leading green transport mode.

We’ve spearheaded the decarbonisation strategy that brings the industry together to work towards a shared vision for a railway with zero emissions. That strategy has created a common method and goals for infrastructure and rolling stock to develop sustainably together.

We’re playing a similar role in shaping rail’s contribution to clean air. The strategy we’re coordinating points the way to clear air quality targets for cleaner stations and urban environments. We aim to protect the natural environment by helping the industry to support biodiversity and curb waste and pollution.

Our research and thinking also accelerate work to improve quality of life. This includes goals to support regions with rail infrastructure and new, affordable and inclusive transport options. As part of our work to enhance rail’s social and economic impact, we set out to help the industry be an employer of choice.

By 2024 we will be firmly established as the leader in positioning rail as Britain's main mode of sustainable, low- carbon transport, that delivers social value for Britain. Our work prepares the railway to push towards net-zero emissions by 2050 (2045 in Scotland) and be the backbone of Britain’s sustainable transport network.