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M180 could be electrified for e-highway trial

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M180 could be electrified for e-highway trial

A feasibility study is currently under way in North East Lincolnshire into a trial motorway electrification scheme, according to the BBC.

If approved, the pilot scheme would see 19-miles of the M180 electrified to allow electric HGVs to recharge while travelling along motorways.

A similar trial is already underway in Germany, but the project would be the first of its kind in the UK.

Speaking to BBC Radio Humberside,  Justin Moss, of Siemens Mobility, a member of the consortium carrying out the feasibility study, said the project could lead to new technology and new jobs.

He added: “Overhead lines like rail technology could be used on motorways to try and reduce emissions.”

The feasibility study, which has been underway for almost seven months, is due at the end of March.

It has been commissioned by the Department for Transport and is being undertaken by a consortium including Costain, Siemens, Scania, and other major businesses.

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