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HS2: Greater capacity for rail freight

By freeing up space on the existing network, HS2 will allow more freight to travel by rail.

The Cappagh Group are building a rail freight hub in Wembley so the capital can benefit from this increased capacity.

David Fletcher, Director of Rail, Cappagh Group of Companies:

“The Cappagh Group is building a new rail freight construction hub to service a range of customers who are keen to use rail to transport more materials.”

In London over 40% of construction materials are delivered by rail.

“We also use rail to remove soils from these projects which are used, to restore old quarries in the Midlands and the North of England.

The West Coast Main Line is also the busiest mixed-use railway in Europe with a mix of stopping trains, fast trains, commuter trains and freight trains.

The construction of HS2 will allow high-speed passenger trains to operate on their own dedicated railway.

This will free up additional capacity on the existing railway network to allow more freight trains to be run.”

One freight train can carry enough material to build 30 houses.

“Rail freight has a key role in the fight against climate change as each freight train produces 76% less carbon dioxide than the use of road transport.

We use some of the most powerful locomotives in the country which are capable of hauling the heaviest trains.

Therefore it is that we construct HS2. The more capacity there is on the West Coast Main Line to run freight trains, the more we can reduce the environmental impact of construction supply chains. ”

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