RFG: HS2 must keep its promises on railfreight
Rail Freight Group (RFG) has strongly welcomed the UK government's announcement that HS2 is to be delivered in full, with work on phases 1 and 2A given the green light to commence immediately. HS2 has the potential to deliver significant benefits for railfreight by releasing capacity for new services on the existing network.
"However, to date, the government has not confirmed how much capacity will be made available for freight once the new line is open," said RFG, adding: «The government and HS2 must act to confirm and safeguard released capacity for freight use and to resolve bottlenecks elsewhere on the network where HS2 trains will operate. This is essential to allow freight operators and customers to develop their future plans." (ben)