HL Deb 30 July 2002 vol 638 c171WA
Lord Faulkner of Worcester

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will extend to Consignia the grants that are available to new entrants to the postal business to balance road and rail costs; and [HL5417]

What importance they attach to the continued transportation of mail by rail as a contribution to the fulfilment of the growth targets for the conveyance of freight by rail in the 10-year transport plan; and [HL5418]

What encouragement they are giving to the establishment in the Midlands of a new rail-connected hub for postal services. [HL5419]

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston

The Strategic Rail Authority's freight strategy includes a framework for the development of premium logistics by rail. The premium freight market, including mail, is substantial and could make a significant contribution to the increase in rail freight envisaged in the 10-year plan. To that end, the Strategic Rail Authority would welcome growth of Consignia's business on rail. That and the provision of supporting interchange facilities in the Midlands or elsewhere is, in the first instance, a commercial matter between Consignia and its logistics suppliers. Consignia has not so far applied to the Strategic Rail Authority for a grant. Any such application would be considered according to the rules and processes for freight grants.

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