HS2 reach rail freight milestone as 100,000 lorry journeys taken off road in Buckinghamshire
Posted: 13 July 2022 | Elliot Robinson (Editorial Assistant - Global Railway Review) | No comments yet
HS2 have taken the equivalent of 100,096 HGV journeys off Britain’s roads and cut 11,399 tonnes of carbon emissions.
HS2 have confirmed that more than a million tonnes of construction material have been delivered by rail to the high-speed rail’s work sites across Buckinghamshire, taking the equivalent of 100,096 HGV journeys off local roads.
The huge milestone was achieved over eighteen months, with 583 trains delivering aggregate to three locations around Calvert and Aylesbury. Transporting this material by rail instead of by road is estimated to have saved 11,399 tonnes of co2 emissions.
The construction of HS2, which is designed to improve links between London, Birmingham, and the North, help level-up the economy and provide a low carbon alternative to car and air travel, is now well underway across Buckinghamshire, with the aggregate used for early works and temporary site access roads.
The first freight railhead opened at Calvert at the end of 2020, with only 180 trains scheduled to deliver aggregate from Hanson quarries in the west of England. Following the success of the project, new railheads were established near Calvert and Aylesbury to allow a massive increase in the amount of material delivered by rail.
The work is being managed by HS2’s main works contractor EKFB. a team made up of Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial Construction and Bam Nuttall. The freight trains were operated by DB Cargo and Hanson and coordinated by rail freight specialists, Fishbone.
“We are serious about reducing the impact of construction on the local community and every freight train delivering material to site is the equivalent of around 70 trucks that would otherwise be on local roads,” Rohan Perin, Project Client for HS2, said. “HS2 will offer zero carbon journey for passengers, but it’s also important that we drive down the amount of embedded carbon in construction. We’ve been working closely with Network Rail, EKFB and the Freight Operators for a number of years to make deliveries by rail possible and it’s great to see that our freight trains have now passed the one million tonne mark.”
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Across the whole HS2 project, 15,000 freight trains are set to haul 10 million tonnes of aggregate to construction sites, taking the equivalent of 1.5 million HGVs off the UK’s roads.
“The EKFB Logistics Team always strives to optimise deliveries where possible and the Material by Rail strategy is central to that,” Chris Barton, Head of EKFB Logistics and Security, said. “With the support of our partners, Fishbone Solutions, Hanson, DB Cargo, RFS and Mendip Rail, this strategy has allowed EKFB to remove a substantial number of vehicles from the roads adjacent to the construction sites and critically reduce the impacts on local communities, but also transform how we manage logistics on this project.”
The construction milestone comes as HS2 continues to make significant progress across the county. The two tunnelling machines excavating the Chiltern tunnel have both dug almost three miles, the designs for the Calvert Infrastructure Maintenance depot revealed and the first ‘green tunnel’ at Chipping Warden has begun construction.
DB Cargo, EKFB JV, Fishbone Solutions, Hanson, HS2 Ltd (High Speed Two), Mendip Rail, RFS