RFG Position Paper on HS2

RFG Position Paper on HS2 – Submitted to the Oakervee Review of HS2 – September 2019

Rail Freight Group (RFG) has always supported the development of HS2 as a fundamental project for the UK rail network. The core rail routes linking our major cities are increasingly congested, and rail freight growth will be hampered unless new capacity can be added to the network. From the outset, Government has been clear that rail freight should be a beneficiary from the construction of the new route, as highlighted below.

The Government supports the provision of new capacity on the national rail network for journeys that matter most for economic growth. Supporting key container freight flows will drive economic growth and help to tackle road congestion, as well as generating carbon savings.   Review of the Government’s Strategy for a National High Speed Rail Network, Department for Transport, January 2012

HS2’s purpose is to deliver additional capacity in our transport system. It will create the opportunity to double the number of peak-time seats into Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham, and there will be a huge increase into London Euston. It will provide the opportunity for more freight to move off the roads and on to rail. That is what this is all about.  Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, House of Commons, 20th July 2017

Even drivers will notice the difference. More room on the railways means more space for freight services, and with extra freight trains helping to take lorries off our roads, HS2 can help free up space, improve our air quality and cut congestion Nusrat Ghani MP, 28 July 2018

Download the full response here. RFG Submission to HS2 Review September 2019