FTA insists government must secure future of HS2
Following uncertainty regarding the future of High Speed Two, FTA has called on government to reassure businesses of its future commitments.
FTA has called on the UK government to reassure businesses of its commitment to future infrastructure investments by securing the future of High Speed Two (HS2).
Following uncertainty regarding the HS2 review, FTA’s Head of Multimodal Policy, Alex Veitch, said: “FTA and its members are excited about the prospect of HS2 and what it can deliver for the logistics industry. With HS2 trains able to carry over 300,000 people per day, the shift in traffic will release capacity on existing rail lines which can be used for freight. Allowing more freight to travel by rail will ease congestion on our busy road infrastructure, with HS2 predicting that its first phase alone could free up rail freight capacity equivalent to around 1,500 lorries every day.”
Veitch continued: “To lock in these benefits, FTA, the voice of the logistics industry, is seeking a guarantee from government that capacity released by HS2 will not be pre-allocated to passenger services, but instead made available for bids from freight operators. While there are always strong pressures on government to favour passenger operators, our members need a guarantee that they will receive fair treatment and fair access to capacity released by HS2.”