High-speed rail set to boost UK emissions from aviation

By freeing up capacity at Heathrow, the government’s HS2 high-speed rail project is likely to increase total UK carbon emissions. Further questions surround the scheme’s broader sustainability credentials.

HS2 rail line“HS2 is an important part of the government’s plans for a low-carbon economy, helping us meet our climate change targets,” says the Department for Transport’s (DfT) latest consultation document on its HS2 high-speed rail project.1

But if the new line succeeds in curbing domestic flights, highly coveted t

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