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How HS2 will support the UK’s transition to a net zero carbon economy

A transcript of the how HS2 will support the UK's transition to a net zero carbon economy video.

The UK has committed to end its contribution to climate change by becoming a net zero carbon economy by 2050.

The largest contributor to carbon emissions in the UK  is transport so it’s important to change the way we travel.

Of all the ways to transport large numbers of people around Britain, trains are the lowest carbon option by far.

HS2 will carry over 300,000 people every day, it will free up space on our existing network for more commuter and regional trains to carry more people and will create space for more freight to travel by rail rather than lorries.

Our stations will connect with walking, cycling and public transport routes, enabling low carbon travel across the country.

All of this will reduce the number of car, lorry and plane journeys made every day.

In 2030, HS2 will offer some of the lowest carbon emissions per passenger km.

17 times less than domestic air travel, seven times less than passenger cars and twice as efficient as the conventional train network.

So as well as offering low carbon journeys to hundreds of thousands of people every day.

HS2 will also help to reduce carbon emissions from other forms of transport and improve the quality of the air we breathe.

HS2: supporting the transition to net zero.

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