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Rail freight operators don't want to use alternative routes

Chris Stokes
13 November 2015
 

David Smith argues that there’s no need to worry about capacity for freight north of Preston when HS2 opens, as alternative routes are available (Letters LTT 30 Oct). He’s right that there are alternatives, but they are longer, slower and not electrified, and more than a third of freight trains on the route are hauled by electric locomotives. Quite simply, if it made sense for the freight operators to use the Settle and Carlisle route, they would do so today. But it...

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