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Freightmas and HS2

An infographic explains the importance of the rail freight sector in transporting goods at Christmas.

Rail freight is set to play a key role in the run up to Christmas this year, delivering millions of tonnes of festive goods to shops across the country.

By putting direct inter-city passenger services on dedicated high-speed lines, Britain’s new high-speed railway, High Speed 2, will create more capacity on the existing railway for Britain’s growing rail freight sector.

As a result of enabling more freight by rail, HS2 will help deliver more of what Britain needs in a more sustainable way, as it will assist in removing thousands of lorries off our roads, reduce carbon emissions and make our motorways safer.

The rail freight industry currently contributes £870 million per year to the UK economy, with the sector carrying £30 billion worth of goods each year. There is a growth in demand across the network, with an increase of 32% in tonnes for rail freight forecasted by 2033.

Capacity – more freight by rail