The Maritime Standard AwardsBühler GmbHPort of Vancouver USACimbriaTelestackPort of Stockton
  • Bühler GmbH
  • Cimbria
  • Port of South Louisiana
  • Port of Vancouver USA
  • The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology
  • Port of Stockton

GB Railfreight calls for HS2 ‘levelling up’

GB Railfreight calls for HS2 ‘levelling up’

(Posted on 27/01/20)

With the future of HS2 to be decided next month, GB Railfreight Managing Director John Smith is urging both the UK Government and industry to focus on the long-term benefits the project will deliver to not just the North, but for a cross section of UK businesses.

It has taken ten years of expert design and development, Parliamentary scrutiny, and public consultation to get to this point. Delivering such a large and crucial infrastructure scheme is no easy feat.

Commenting on the National Audit Office’s progress update, published today (Friday 24 January), John Smith said: “Cancelling HS2 would result in the loss of jobs, investment and faith in the deliverability of large-scale infrastructure projects.

 “Regional connectivity needs to be fully supported and it is especially important for the rail freight sector, as it helps unlock routes and opportunities for businesses to choose rail over road freight.”

HS2 will be the first new railway constructed north of London for over a century, creating much needed capacity and connections across the North and Midlands. For GBRf there is no other viable alternative to the project.

Smith said: “If the Government takes the decision to pull the plug on HS2 now it will have a considerable negative impact on UK construction firms; the construction industry; young people starting their careers in construction and on the railways; and for rail freight which provides sustainable transport logistics.”

Businesses across the UK have delivered significant investment in preparation for work on the HS2 to start. Nearly 2,000 business have worked on the project and 9,000 people are already employed directly or indirectly by the scheme.

GB Railfreight employs over 900 people across the UK with a major centre of operations in Doncaster, and has been preparing to support construction logistics, including removing spoil and waste, and delivering inbound materials

John Smith added:  “Many young people have made education and career choices around work starting on the scheme soon, opting to studying at the National College for Advanced Transport & Infrastructure in Doncaster and Birmingham in the expectation of doing their bit to deliver the UK’s most ambitious infrastructure project for a generation.

“While some critics are pushing for investment to be diverted to local commuter routes, without HS2 there won’t be the additional employment opportunities and business investment.

 “Delivering HS2 will, in the long term, support the UK’s regional cities and towns to prosper and connect to other surrounding areas. The Government should move quickly to green light the project rather than delay even further.”

Founded in 1999 and headquartered in London, United Kingdom, GB Railfreight is the third largest rail freight operator in the United Kingdom, with a turnover expected to exceed £200 million in 2019. GB Railfreight is one of the fastest growing companies in the railway sector and transports goods for a wide range of customers.

Latest News

Houston number one tonnage port in USA

(Posted on 30/11/20)

The Houston Ship Channel port complex and its public and private terminals, collectively known as the... Read more


Ore imports boom at growing Gdansk

(Posted on 30/11/20)

The Port of Gdansk is announcing it expects to handle more than 48million tonnes of cargo in 2020, retaining... Read more


First port to earn new UK government standard

(Posted on 30/11/20)

AV Dawson’s Port of Middlesbrough is the first port in Great Britain to achieve the government... Read more


Raison takes over at HAROPA

(Posted on 23/11/20)

Mandated by French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, Stéphane Raison has arrived to take up his duties... Read more


Port Milwaukee and Michels lease agreement

(Posted on 23/11/20)

Port Milwaukee and Michels Corporation have formally signed a lease agreement for nearly seventeen-and... Read more


Hamilton Port designated FTZ

(Posted on 12/11/20)

Canada’s Minister of Economic Development, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, has designated... Read more


HHLA resists effects of pandemic

(Posted on 12/11/20)

Despite the lasting impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) recorded... Read more


Port of Tyne unveils wood-pellet investment

(Posted on 06/11/20)

The Port of Tyne, one of the UK’s leading deep-sea ports and a major employer in the region, has... Read more


Best-ever grain month for Canadian Pacific

(Posted on 06/11/20)

Canadian Pacific set a new record for transporting Canadian grain and grain products in October, with... Read more


PD Ports mental health commitment

(Posted on 06/11/20)

As one of the largest employers in the Tees Valley in the UK, PD Ports has long been committed to the... Read more


The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology TOC EventsSailors SocietyThe Maritime Standard Tanker Conference 2020ViganTBA Group
  • Vigan
  • The Maritime Standard Awards
  • TOC Events

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest global news in bulk cargo handling and shipping