A train loaded with semi-circular concrete tunnel lining segments ready to depart for the HS2 site in London

HS2 goes underground but avoids the jam by taking the freight train

A train loaded with semi-circular concrete tunnel lining segments ready to depart for HS2 sites in London. Image: © HS2 media centre. HS2 media centre

You’re building a railway under London. You need 83,000 prefabricated tunnel wall segments. Your factory is in Hartlepool, 250 miles (400km) north of Old Oak Common. If that seems like a rail freight job, you’d be correct, even if that means reinstating a disused rail connection at the County Durham port. All that makes sense for the UK’s high-speed rail project, HS2, and it is rail freight to the fore once again, answering the mammoth lift task to support the biggest infrastructure project in Europe.

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Author: Simon Walton

Simon Walton is RailFreight's UK correspondent.

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