In cooperation with Eversholt Rail, the French group Alstom has presented the design of a new hydrogen train for the British market. The H2 train, which was developed under the code name Breeze, is the conversion of an existing train.
Alstom is planning deployment of the train in Great Britain starting in 2022. The conversion will be based on Class 321 trains, which, according to the Group, are ideally suited for this purpose.
The conversions are to be carried out at the Alstom plant in Widnes. “Hydrogen trains offer an ideal solution for routes which are unlikely to benefit from electrification,” says Nick Crossfield, Managing Director of Alstom UK & Ireland. The innovative technical solution will allow them to be quickly ready for use on the UK lines.
As reported, the first Coradia iLint H2 trains have been in regular service in Germany since September 2018. Since then, two trains have been in service on an approximately 100 kilometre route between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehude.