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New freight rail unveiled to take goods traffic off the road

PUBLISHED: 15:46 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:50 05 October 2010

PLANS for a new £54 million freight rail line through the heart of London to take goods traffic off the roads have been unveiled by the Government. The freight line will run alongside the Overground’s route through Hackney and Stratford from Camden, Transport State Secretary Geoff Hoon has announced

PLANS for a new £54 million freight rail line through the heart of London to take goods traffic off the roads have been unveiled by the Government.

The freight line will run alongside the Overground’s route through Hackney and Stratford from Camden, Transport State Secretary Geoff Hoon has announced.

“We want to make it easier for companies to transport goods across the capital by rail,” said Mr Hoon.

“This will ultimately mean fewer trucks and lorries on roads, and spread the load on the rail network to prevent bottlenecks.”

Trains are regularly disrupted at weekends on the Overground by engineering and maintenance work along the North London route. Adding the new freight tracks alongside would literally mean trains being side tracked’ onto them instead of services constantly being suspended when work is being done.

The freight line will fit neatly into the wide Victorian cutting in the space where tracks used to run from Broad Street terminal before it was closed in the 1980s to make way for the City’s Broadgate development.

The two-year construction starts in 2012 immediately after the London Olympics.

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