Massive carbon benefits from using spare capacity generated by HS2 for rail freight
Allocating freed up capacity on the existing rail network for long distance rail freight services, 1 as a result of building HS2, would increase the carbon benefits 2 of HS2 by over 50%, according to a report issued by Greengauge. 3
Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager said, "The Government should allocate these released paths, generated by building HS2, for long distance freight services to reduce road congestion 4 and pollution along this key freight corridor to stimulate the green economy."
1. Building HS2 frees up capacity on the existing traditional rail routes. Allocation of three train paths per hour on the WCML for freight, currently identified as being unclaimed by HS2 Ltd's appraisal would add 55% to the direct carbon savings of HS2. Ref Figure and table 3.4 Page 24/25
2. Rail freight which produces 70% less carbon dioxide emissions than the equivalent road journey, is the only practicable means of achieving the massive reductions required in carbon dioxide emissions from long distance freight needed to meet our climate Act commitments.
3. The report "The Carbon Impacts of High Speed 2" was published by Greengage 21.
4. An average consumer train can remove 60 long distance HGVs from our roads - Source Network Rail Value of Freight, July 2010 Page 3