HC Deb 29 October 1998 vol 318 cc256-7W
Mr. Jim Cunningham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what proposals he has received to improve the shipment of goods from the West Midlands. [57138]

Ms Glenda Jackson

Railtrack has for some time been considering an upgrade of the West Coast Main Line to accommodate "Piggyback" rail freight. The project would be likely to require substantial Government grant. Railtrack has not yet made a grant application.