High Speed 2 Railway Line

Department for Transport written question – answered on 19th March 2019.

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Photo of Andy McDonald Andy McDonald Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the capacity of the rail freight industry to support the construction of High Speed Two.

Photo of Nusrat Ghani Nusrat Ghani Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)

During the development of the scheme HS2 Ltd has sought to assess the capacity of the rail freight industry to support its plans to transfer excavated and construction materials by rail. HS2 Ltd’s understanding of the volume of material that will need to be transported by rail continue to be refined. HS2 Ltd and its supply chain continue to engage with the rail industry to move these plans forward. As plans become more certain, HS2 Ltd and its supply chain are seeking to secure rail freight support, including making applications to Network Rail for timetable capacity allocation through the standard industry process. The first of these requests has been submitted, in time for the December 2019 timetable change.

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