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HS2 is a threat to rail freight – not an opportunity

Chris Stokes, Leighton Buzzard LU7
16 October 2015
 

Chris Oldham’s interesting letter on road safety finishes with the assertion that “a major benefit of HS2 is to free up existing railways, thus helping to remove lorries of the roads” (Letters LTT 2 Oct). This is an entirely understandable assumption, but is in fact incorrect; HS2 has no tangible benefits for rail freight.

The south end of the West Coast Main Line, the existing route most directly affected by HS2, has four tracks, the “fast” lines used by...

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