New plans are underway to electrify the North Wales coast railway lines by 2020 using solar power.
Network Rail are in talks with Indian train company A.P-RAIL who are the 1st to already use the technology between Phoolu and Mumbai.
It was estimated back in November 2015 that it could cost up to £800 millions to electrify the line between Crewe and Holyhead, now experts from Indian believe more than half of the cost could be saved by going solar.
A.P-RAIL first said back in June 2015 to the Daily Mail, that while solar power will significantly bring down diesel consumption, it will also prove to be cost-effective. At present, nearly 17 units of electricity are being generated from one solar power panel on a coach that can carry eight panels.
Experts have also calculated the amount of sun light which shone on the North Wales coast over the last 5 years with hot spots being Rhyl, Colwyn Bay Llandudno. Trains would have to remain at each station for 60 minutes to recharge batteries before moving on down the North Wales coast line.
Other studies have found a train using solar power can reduce diesel consumption by up to 90,000 litres per year and also bring down the carbon dioxide emission by over 200 tonnes.
Officials said North Wales has huge solar power potential like India, with a good amount of sunlight available for a major part of the day all summer. Harnessing solar power to power the line is more feasible and cost-effective.
Before making a decision representatives are first visiting A.P-RAIL in Phoolu today.
APRIL FOOLS!! As much as it would be great to have solar powered trains it might be difficult in the UK, never the less it may soon be possible in India as solar power already powers each carriage as reported by the Daily Mail.
Clues of the fool:
A.P-RAIL is of course April
Phoolu is a fictional town/city which is pronounce in Hindi as Fool You
And the final line “Representatives are FIRST visting APRIL FOOLS today”.
Hope you liked it 🙂