22 Jun '18, 5pm

@Freightonrail More goods trains coming through Reading on the way from southampton to the north

The development means that the existing 20 daily consumer freight trains in and out of Southampton, which already remove around 1,600 HGVs per day, will be capable of removing an additional 728 HGVs each day as part of a wider scheme to allow 775 metre trains out of Southampton port. Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager, Campaign for Better Transport, said: “In the week that Southampton Council announced plans for a Clean Air Zone in the city, re-opening these rail lines (sidings) and unlocking a pinch-point on the railway, is significant as it will reduce local air pollution and road congestion. Rail freight produces 90 per cent less PM10 particulates and up to 15 times less nitrogen dioxide emissions than HGVs for the equivalent journey. “The longer trains can remove an extra 200,000 HGVs each year from local roads and the whole A34 corridor to the Midlands and the ...

Full article: https://bettertransport.org.uk/media/junel/2018-southampt...

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