Arriva to invest £4.5m in rail eco-technology
European transport group Arriva is to invest £4.5m in eco-technology at its UK rail operations.
More than 580 train cabs from 15 different train fleets at the group's Arriva Trains Wales, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry and Grand Central rail operations will be fitted with the Energymiser Driver Advisory System (DAS).
The technology, produced by TTG Transportation Technology, is said to help drivers deliver smoother, more efficient journeys for passengers while reducing fuel consumption by up to 15 per cent and lowering overall diesel fuel related emissions.
Energymiser DAS is an on board computer screen which provides drivers with real-time route information on train running times allowing them to monitor train performance and reliability. It offers guidance on train speeds to help drivers keep services to timetable while ensuring greater fuel efficiency and progressive driving techniques.
Installation of Energymiser DAS will start at CrossCountry trains in early 2014 followed by Chiltern Railways in the spring. Installation at Arriva Trains Wales and Grand Central is proposed for later in 2014.
Results from Energymiser® DAS technology will also be shared elsewhere across the group, to see if other Arriva rail operations outside of the UK could benefit from the technology in the future.