IT IS the sort of economy measure that will be welcomed by many.

Train operator First TransPennine Express says it has saved 10 million litres of diesel worth £5m since introducing its Eco-mode initiative four years ago.

Put simply, the recession busting initiative sees drivers cutting off one or two of their locomotive’s three engines when on downhill stretches between Marsden and Huddersfield.

The fuel saved by this freewheeling idea then powers the company’s smaller fleet of two-carriage trains.

The drivers’ skills also play their part in cutting fuel and exhaust emissions.

The whole fuel saving project shows just what strides can be made in terms of both fuel economy and environmental sensitivity when a team works together and that means from the engineers through to the drivers. Just the ticket.