HS2 Freight Train Removes Over 12,500 Lorries from UK Roads
The first freight train has arrived at HS2’s main construction compound in Buckinghamshire, as work continues to prepare for the start of construction
The first freight train has arrived at HS2’s main construction compound in Buckinghamshire, as work continues to prepare for the start of construction across the central section of Britain’s new high-speed railway. The train, operated by DB Cargo and Hanson, delivered 1,650 tonnes of aggregate that will be used in the construction of the temporary Calvert Railhead. Over the next year, more than 180 freight trains are set to deliver material to the site taking the equivalent of 12,670 trucks off the road and saving 30,150 tonnes of carbon. Across the whole HS2 project, 15,000 freight trains are set to be used to haul 10 million tonnes of aggregate to construction sites, taking the equivalent of 1.5 million HGVs off the UK’s road.
The 26,200 square meter Calvert Railhead site is roughly halfway between London and Birmingham and will be run by HS2’s main works contractor EKFB, a team made up of Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial and Bam Nuttall. EKFB are delivering the 80km central section of the route, including 17 viaducts, 81 bridges and three ‘green tunnels’ and are set to create 4,000 jobs over the next two years.
The railhead is also next to a section of disused railway which is set to be brought back into local passenger use as part of the East-West rail project which will link Oxford, Milton Keynes, Bedford and Cambridge. The two teams are working closely together on their construction plans and a bridge will be installed to allow HS2 to pass under the reopened railway.