HC Deb 15 December 1954 vol 535 cc156-7W
112. Mr. J. Harrison

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will consider instituting special inquiries with a view to encouraging consignees of suitable heavy freight traffics to use the rail services in preference to the roads and thereby assist in reducing present road traffic density.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

No. In the case of indivisible loads of over 150 tons or more than 20 ft. wide, permission has to be obtained for them to be hauled by road. In other cases, traders should have a free choice. By means of reorganisation, modernisation and more flexible freight charges, British Railways are fitting themselves to compete more effectively for these traffics.