Breeze for Teesside and battery ‘331s’ for Windermere

NORTHERN HAS submitted plans to the Department for Transport to introduce hydrogen trains on Teesside and Class 331s fitted with batteries on the Windermere branch. It is understood business cases for both proposals have been submitted to DfT’s Rail Investment Board for approval.

New train but no wires: Northern’s No 195102 runs onto the Windermere branch at Oxenholme on 2 October 2019 with the 11.28 Manchester Airport to Windermere. Class 331 EMUs fitted with batteries are proposed to take over these services.
Tony Miles

The operator is working with Alstom and Eversholt Rail, which are developing a hydrogen conversion of Class 321 EMUs, named ‘Breeze’. The work, which would take place at Alstom’s Widnes plant, would involve shortening four-car units to three-car and giving over some of the space within the passenger saloons to the necessary equipment to provide hydrogen power. A three-car Breeze set is expected to have a similar passenger capacity to a two-car DMU.

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