New research from SilverRail shows that beyond the environmental benefits of trains over planes, the true time of travel for rail is on par with air for the four most popular domestic British flights: London Heathrow and Gatwick to Edinburgh and Glasgow. Phasing out these four routes would save the equivalent of 488,076 tonnes of CO2 every year.
Let’s not forget that fast electric trains between London and Leeds helped to end those short-haul flights. The intercity journey is 130 minutes quicker in total and saves an estimated 10,380 tonnes of CO2 every year. The opening of the Elizabeth Line and better rail connections can also transport passengers to airports who would just be connecting to international flights.
OK, that electrification to Leeds. No idea what it cost but clearly it was something. So, the benefit is? According to the Stern Review it’s $80 per tonne CO2-e. $830,560 a year benefit then. Around and about £500k.
So, is half a million a year worth that investment of whatever it was in the electrification to Leeds?
Quite. Fuck off, Laddie.