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His Royal Highness Prince Charles and Prime Minister Boris Johnson have visited Britain’s first mainline-approved hydrogen train at the COP26 Climate Change Summit.

HydroFLEX - COP26 - Prince Charles and Mary Grant
Boris Johnson visits HydroFLEX

The Hydroflex train showcases University of Birmingham hydrogen technology and is in Glasgow to demonstrate rail’s green revolution.

The team from the University of Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) are at COP26 to demonstrate the critical role played by hydrogen in decarbonising railways.

Developed by engineers in (BCRRE), in partnership with rolling stock owner and asset manager Porterbrook, the HydroFLEX train is now ready for the next stage of its journey providing zero-emission passenger transport services.

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