More than 12,500 trucks have been removed from UK roads as the first freight train arrives at HS2’s main construction compound in Buckinghamshire.

Over the next year, more than 180 freight trains will deliver the equivalent of 12,670 HGVs, and will reduce carbon emissions by more than 30,000 tonnes.

The first train was operated by DB Cargo and Hanson and delivered 1,650 tonnes of aggregate.

HS2 Project Client Director, Ambrose McGuire said: “We’ve been working closely with Network Rail, EKFB and the Freight Operators for a number of years to make this possible, and to deliver not only low carbon journeys for our passengers, but also cut carbon in construction.”