David Higgins and HS2 carbon emissions
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?