Date lodged: 1 August 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to converting the ScotRail fleet to make use of hydrogen technology.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 29 August 2018
The Scottish Government is investing significantly in the ScotRail fleet and electrification projects which will deliver important user benefits such as improved journey times, lower emissions, and reduced maintenance costs across the rail network in Scotland.
The Scottish Government's Programme for Government 2017-18 also indicated that we would develop new proposals to continue the reinvigoration of the Scottish rail network, including potentially introducing hybrid electric trains. The scope of the hybrid trains project will now be extended to consider hydrogen technology.
The work is in its early stages and will proceed in a way that ensures the safety of the network and yields viable results.
I shall provide an update to MSPs once substantive progress has been made.