THE first voyage of a new hydrogen train was a visit to Evesham.

The HydroFLEX, which has been supported by the Department for Transport and in development for almost two years, uses hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity, water and heat.

The train’s first journey that took place last month, has been described as a huge step towards decarbonising the rail network and making rail journeys greener and more efficient.

Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps was among those on board the first journey that travelled from its base in Long Marston at the Quinton Rail Technology Centre, over the Stratford branch to Honeybourne and along the Cotswold Line to Evesham Station and back again, reaching a speed of 50 miles per hour.

Mid Worcestershire MP Nigel Huddleston said: "I’m so pleased that Evesham was chosen as the first station for the HydroFLEX’s first journey and it demonstrates the serious government investment into the Midlands and levelling up of infrastructure across the country.

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"Trials for hydrogen trains are beginning in the Midlands, expected to be rolled out in the next three years.

"I think it’s a really exciting time for the transport sector and this green industry will open up more jobs, with the hub being the Midlands."

Mr Shapps added: "As we continue on our road to a green recovery, we know that to really harness the power of transport to improve our country.

"That’s why I’m delighted that, through our plans to build back better, we’re embracing the power of hydrogen and the more sustainable, greener forms of transport it will bring.”