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22.03.12

Freight launched on HS1

The partnership between HS1, Network Rail and the freight industry and supported by the European Commission has finally reached its objective since the 5-year plan to promote freight on HS1 was launched.

The SNCF TGV (Train á Grande Vitesse), which can reach speeds of up to 168mph, is an electrically-powered freight train which will now connect London St Pancras International with Europe.

The train will initially provide a new freight service betweenLondonandPoland, with additional new services proposed to follow.

The service will enable theUKto have a closer commercial relationship with mainlandEuropeby shrinking journey times for time-sensitive, high-value and perishable goods, including mail and parcels, internet shopping and fresh produce.

The TVG freight trains will also have positive environmental implications through reducing emissions produced by long-distance trucks.

Managing director of rail freight consultants Intermodality, Nick Gallop, said: “Whilst such services will be a niche product in the freight market, we estimate these trains could generate demand for up to half a dozen services per day to and from theLondonarea, with the prospect of extending services along HS2 if suitable links with HS1 can be provided.

“Now that UK companies have a taste of the potential, we look forward to the start of similar regular services from theLondonarea in the coming years.”

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