Lumo 40 instances greener than flying between Edinburgh and London

Figures launched right now, Friday, eleventh November, by practice operator Lumo, present that travelling on its trains between and is 40 instances greener than flying over the identical route.

The newest determine is a big improve from the earlier estimate that practice journey was six instances greener. All trains characteristic 100% electrical haulage between Edinburgh and London alongside the East Coast Mainline. The brand new determine relies on statistics displaying that Lumo’s trains launch simply 0.006 kg CO2e per passenger per kilometre, which is40 instances lower than the 0.24587 kg CO2e per passenger per kilometre for air journey.

The air CO2e determine is calculated utilizing printed figures within the 2022 conversion issue file

Lumo Class 803
Lumo Class 803. // Credit score: RailAdvent

Rail has now overtaken air journey as the popular mode of transport between Edinburgh and London. Comparative figures present that between April and August 2019, 57% of journeys between the 2 cities had been by rail, in contrast with the pre-pandemic whole of 35% for a similar interval in 2019. In August, rail as a substitute of home flights was the selection for 66% of travellers, which suggests the upward pattern is constant. These figures are primarily based on publicly obtainable Civil Aviation Authority knowledge and the rail business’s LENNON gross sales knowledge.

Since Lumo launched its service between London and Edinburgh in October 2021, over a million prospects have travelled with the corporate. It’s now taking bookings for journey in the course of the interval with tickets from London, Kings Cross to Edinburgh beginning at £31.90, and tickets from London, Kings Cross to beginning at £26.90.

Lumo Class 803
Lumo Class 803. // Credit score: RailAdvent

Martijn Gilbert, Managing Director at Lumo, stated: “We launched Lumo to offer an reasonably priced sustainable choice for journey between Edinburgh and London, and the brand new figures showcase simply how a lot the advantages from prospects making the choice to journey by rail as a substitute of taking home flights.

“Our pricing mannequin has now inspired over a million prospects to take the practice between the capital cities, with extra folks getting the practice than the aircraft between the 2 for the primary time in many years. We hope these new figures encourage much more travellers to make the swap to Lumo.”

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