Taxpayers are in line for a bill of up to £30bn to make the railways greener, according to a leaked Network Rail report. The document urges Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, to take action immediately or risk missing the Government’s 2050 net zero carbon goal. The 231-page analysis by state-backed tracks and stations owner, seen by The Sunday Telegraph, shines a light on how Britain’s railways have failed to keep pace with electrification overseas. In order to meet Britain’s climate change commitments, 15,700 km (9,756 miles) of track, on which predominantly diesel locomotives run, needs to be upgraded. Some 12,500 km must be electrified over the next 30 years, the confidential report finds. It is due to be signed off by the Network Rail board this week. It estimates rail electrification will cost between £1m and £2.5m per kilometre, taking the total bill to up to £30bn. The costs will be funded by Government, the report says.
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