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The carbon impacts of High Speed 2

The carbon impacts of High Speed 2 The carbon impacts of High Speed 2

This report highlights that the first phase of HS2 would lead to a modest reduction in carbon, while adding substantial transport capacity. Greater carbon reduction can be achieved by sensible complementary policy measures and by making full use of the capacity that HS2 will release on the existing railway. 

In addition, the beneficial carbon effect is increased fourfold by the planned extension of HS2 further north and by better connections with the rail network. The Government’s plans for high-speed rail can therefore help meet carbon emissions targets but only if supported by a set of bold policy initiatives.

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