A next-generation battery-powered train arrived in Lanarkshire as part of a showcase of 'green' trains ahead of the COP26 summit.

Vivarail shared a first image of its train arriving at PD Stirling’s depot at Mossend last Friday.

As part of Network Rail’s 'Green Trains @ COP' event, Vivarail will be running a daily showcase run out of Glasgow Central.

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It is all part of demonstrating the commitment to reaching Net Zero and an example of the pioneering work being carried out in the UK.

Vivarail’s train is equipped with high performing batteries which give it a range between charges of up to 100km – and the ability to recharge in only 10 minutes.

The train is fully approved for passenger use and will carry delegates each day on a short trip out of Glasgow.

Steve McBride, managing director of Vivarail, told Lanarkshire Live : "This has been a tremendous team effort and is firm proof that our research and development programme combined with our manufacturing capability can deliver.

"What we have now is the most advanced train of its type – it follows on from the work we did on our first-generation battery train, our battery train export to the US and battery hybrids we built for Transport for Wales.

"Our new batteries, supplied by our partners Hoppecke in Germany, are unequalled in their ability to combine maximum range with the rate of recharge.

"This train shows that battery trains and the accompanying charging technology is ready today. It is a huge privilege to help represent the UK’s rail industry to the rest of the world at COP, under the leadership of Network Rail, who had the vision and ability to create this event.”

Martin Frobisher, from Network Rail, told us : "Rail is already the most environmentally friendly form of transport.

"We mean green and are working hard to quickly decarbonise our railway network. This battery technology is a breakthrough.

"A range of 100Km and the ability to recharge the batteries in 10 minutes is now a viable option for many of our branch lines.

"This is Great British technology at its best and I’m delighted that we will be able to showcase it to the world at COP26.”

The train has now moved from Mossend to Polmadie, where it will be stabled throughout the Climate Change Conference.

As part of the spirit of collaboration from across the rail industry, Vivarail would like to thank SLC Operations, Alstom and VTG, all of whom have contributed to the success so far.

The train will be officially launched on Platform 7 at Glasgow Central Station on Monday, November 1.

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