What percentage of the UK rail network is electrified?

Nearly half of the UK rail network is now electrified – and more than 30 percent uses a third rail to power the train.

How much electricity does Network rail use?

Consumption is around 60,000,000 kWh (60 GWh) and costs around £1.5m though it is very dependent on winter temperatures.

What is the voltage on 3rd rail electrification?

Energized at 600 volts DC, the third rail provides electrical power to the power-train, and ancillaries of the subway cars.

Are train rails electrified?

Trains are powered by electricity carried through overhead lines or a conductor rail, sometimes called the third rail. The third rail has 750 volts passing through it. Overhead lines carry 25,000 volts – that’s 100 times greater than the power supply in your home.

What happens if you touch third rail?

But if you somehow end up on the tracks, the key is to avoid the third rail, which pumps out 600 volts of electricity. One touch can electrocute you–and potentially kill.

Can you get electrocuted from train tracks?

b) Overhead Electrified Tracks: These tracks supply electricity to locomotives via overhead catenary. Electric locomotives have a pantograph that connects to the overhead catenary to draw power. But if you touch the main tracks, tracks on which train wheels run, there is no chance of electrocution.

Where does Network Rail get its electricity from?

EDF Energy will ensure 100% of the electricity it supplies to Network Rail will be matched by low carbon energy generated from its eight nuclear power stations. The majority of electricity supplied will be used to power electric trains, which now account for 55% of rail traffic.

How much does it cost to run a train UK?

ORR analysis found that on average, government contributed £1.53 per passenger journey in England, £6.08 in Scotland and £8.82 in Wales. ‘The total cost of running the railways was £19.5bn, a 2.7% increase from 2015-16.

Has anyone ever survived the third rail?

Andy Morris hit an electrified third rail after being shoved onto tracks during a drunken fight. A down-on-his-luck construction worker survived a 625-volt zap to the head after getting pushed onto an electrified third rail during a drunken brawl in Brooklyn.

When does Control Period 5 for Network Rail end?

Network Rail’s Delivery Plan for Control Period 5 –2018/19 Update Purpose This document sets out what we plan to deliver in the final year of Control Period 5 (CP5), which runs from April 2014 to March 2019. The forecast outputs reflect the latest annual update to our plans, based on four years of actual delivery out of the five year period.

What are the outputs of a CP5 plan?

The updated plans are set alongside the original CP5 Delivery Plan for comparative purposes. The outputs framework in CP5 The outputs framework for CP5 consists of formal regulated outputs, indicators which are used for monitoring purposes, and enablers which assess the capability of the company in both the short and long term.

When does the next CP5 delivery plan come out?

This is the final annual update of the CP5 Delivery Plan. Next year Network Rail will provide the baseline delivery plan for CP6, which runs from April 2019 to March 2024. Regulated outputs

How is the price of rail access determined?

Price lists are consistent with the Office of Rail and Road’s (ORR) Final Determination, and are referenced in track and station access contracts. We publish annual updates to the price lists to reflect the effect of inflation.