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Nuclear waste trains to carry UK passengers

Nuclear waste trains to carry UK passengers

A state-owned British train company that transports the nation’s nuclear waste is due to offer a passenger service along the Cumbria coast in northwest Britain, as demand for train travel rises and the UK’s railway network struggles to keep up.

Direct Rail Services, a subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, operates freight trains, and is expected to start passenger services next week, the Financial Times reports.

The Department for Transport reportedly brokered the deal to prevent a crisis due to a shortage of trains in the north of England.

The current diesel trains were to be exchanged for electric trains, but the electrification process has been slower than planned.

Direct Rail Services will use two locomotives that usually haul freight, including radioactive waste.

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