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David Higgins and HS2 carbon emissions

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In December 2016, HS2 Ltd chairman David Higgins told the House of Commons transport committee that high speed rail ‘is a very carbon-efficient way of moving people… If you compare trains with buses they are much more efficient.’

[House of Commons Transport Committee, Oral evidence: High Speed Two, HC 746, 12 December 2016]

Q88. [Chair:] Will High Speed 2 result in a reduction of carbon in the environment?

[Sir David Higgins:] It should, because it is a very carbon-efficient way of moving people. The railway can move 18,000 people an hour so it is very carbon efficient in terms of delivery. I remember seeing the stats. If you compare trains with buses — obviously it depends on the occupancy of the trains themselves — they are much more efficient.

Q89. [Chair:] What is the latest estimate for carbon reduction?

[Sir David Higgins:] I do not know that. I do not want to tell you a figure off the top of my head. I will get my experts behind me to write to you about that.

Q90. [Chair:] We would like to have that information, please.

So has the HS2 chairman provided evidence that High Speed 2 would

  • result in a reduction of carbon in the environment
  • be much more carbon efficient than buses — such as National Express, and Megabus?
HS2 chairman David Higgins (ITV)

HS2 chairman David Higgins

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Written by beleben

April 5, 2017 at 9:19 am

Posted in HS2, Politics

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