High-velocity prepare journey between the UK and Europe saves 750,000 tonnes of CO2 per year in comparison with flying, in line with new analysis. The report, produced by Steer on behalf of HS1 Ltd, discovered that present excessive-velocity rail journey use replaces the equal of 60,000 flights yearly.
HS1, which operates the high-velocity railway connecting St Pancras International to the Channel Tunnel by means of Kent, stated it’s working with worldwide companions to attach direct providers to Bordeaux in France, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Cologne in Germany, and Geneva in Switzerland.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps mentioned: “HS1 is a real success story and we’re totally dedicated to increasing worldwide excessive-pace rail links between the UK and the remainder of Europe as a part of our work to be a very Global Britain.
The analysis additionally predicts that after the Eurostar’s routes to Amsterdam and Rotterdam attain their full potential, and different worldwide locations are added to the community, passengers might make as much as 4.9 million extra worldwide prepare journeys per year.
This may save a further 470,000 tonnes of CO2e yearly – the equal of 26,000 quick-haul flights. CO2e means carbon dioxide equal and takes into consideration the warming effect of different greenhouse gases on prime of carbon emissions, so it may be expressed as a single quantity.
Common carbon emissions are an 80% decrease for prepare passengers than airline passengers over the identical distance.
HS1 additionally predicts that 200,000 individuals will use excessive-pace companies between London and Bordeaux every year. The route makes use of a not too long ago opened 302km excessive-velocity line between Bordeaux and Tours, and permits passengers to journey from London to south-west France in beneath five hours.