HC Deb 08 July 2003 vol 408 c688W
Mr. Challen

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps the Government are taking to encourage enterprises to use rail freight; [124153]

(2) what financial support from the Government is available to assist enterprises shift their goods from road to rail transport. [124154]

Mr. McNulty

The Strategic Rail Authority's Strategic Plan sets out its plans for achieving the growth envisaged by the Government's 10 Year Transport Plan.

Grants are available from the Strategic Rail Authority to enable companies to move freight by rail instead of road where this is justified by environmental benefits.

Miss McIntosh

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the implications for his rail freight targets set out in the Ten Year Plan for Transport of the decision by the Royal Mail to transfer post deliveries from rail to road; and if he will make a statement. [124436]

Mr. McNulty

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I have given earlier today, ref: (123768).

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