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Train companies affected:Elizabeth line, Great Western Railway

Making a Difference – One Train Journey at a Time

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Did you know that…

  • An average train journey puts nearly 5 times less carbon emissions into the air than making this journey by car*

  • By switching from car to train, you could save enough carbon to power your phone for up to 8 years*

  • Choosing the train instead of a car could save the same carbon as boiling a kettle 455 times*

Find out more about how we are making train travel greener.








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Campaign for Better Transport(external link, opens in a new tab) has been our partner on this project and conducted the data calculations and substantiation of the data. You can see the full methodology used to calculate the data here (PDF, 191k).

*How we calculated the data

Statement: An average train journey puts nearly 5 times less carbon emissions into the air than making this journey by car. 

Substantiation: A person travelling in an average car produces 0.167kg CO2e per km (based on the average emissions of all cars on the road of various types and engines), while National Rail trains on average produce 0.035kg CO2e per passenger per km. This means the average car is 4.7 times (nearly 5 times) more polluting.

Statement: By switching from car to train, you could save enough carbon to power your phone for up to 8 years.

Substantiation: The average train journey is 37.3km, emitting 1.32kg CO2e per passenger per journey. Making this journey by the average car emits 4.14kg CO2e per passenger (based on the average of all cars on the road of various types and engines, and average occupancy). This saves 2.82kg CO2e which is equivalent to the emissions in the energy needed to power your average smartphone (Android and iPhone) for up to 8 years.

Statement: Choosing the train instead of a car could save the same carbon as boiling a kettle 455 times.

Substantiation: The average train journey is 37.3km, emitting 1.32kg CO2e per passenger per journey. Making this journey by the average car emits 4.14kg CO2e per passenger (based on the average of all cars on the road of various types and engines, and average occupancy). This saves 2.82kg CO2e which is equivalent to boiling up to 455 cups of water in a kettle.