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18 Aug 2009 09:08:06

No carbon benefits for UK high speed rail

No carbon benefits for UK high speed rail
There is not likely to be a substantial environmental benefit from introducing a new high-speed rail service in England, a study has found.

A UK government-commissioned report titled Estimated Carbon Impact of a New North-South Line found that the green credentials of a 185mph train line are doubtful.

Booz Allen Hamilton, a consultancy which completed the study, said that more carbon will be used taking the London to Manchester rail route than completing the journey by air over a 60-year-period.

This takes into account both building and operating the train line.

However, a net reduction of carbon dioxide emissions could be achieved on a longer route into Scotland, the study suggested.

Lord Adonis, the transport secretary, has previously indicated that reducing domestic air travel in Britain is one of the main priorities of the government's environment policy.

The Booz Allen Hamilton study was commissioned in 2007 but has only just been published.



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