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New freight grants keep 70,000 lorries off roads


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Department of Transport

New freight grants keep 70,000 lorries off roads
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date
9 October 1996
source Department of Transport
type Press release

note 314


Roads in the north and east of England will see 70,000 fewer lorry
journeys a year following the award of two Government grants
announced today by Sir George Young, Secretary of State for
Transport.

Welcoming the awards, Sir George said:

"This Government is determined to see a revival of rail freight in
this country and these awards underline that commitment. They are
good news for the rail industry and will be especially welcome to
people who will not now have lorry traffic trundling through their
towns and villages."

A Freight Facilities Grant of over #200,000 will lead to construction
of a new railhead at Immingham Docks sparing roads between Sheffield
and Immingham 67,000 lorry trips a year.

A Track Access Grant to English Welsh and Scottish Railways will put
3,200 lorry loads of sand off roads between East Anglia and South
Yorkshire and will enable Hepworths Mineral and Chemicals to maintain
its long standing relationship with rail.

Since 1975, 207 rail schemes have benefited from Freight Facilities
Grant at a cost of some #90 million. It is estimated that three
million lorry journeys a year have been removed from British roads
and that around 12% of rail traffic in 1994 was carried on services
which have benefited from grant.

Notes to editors

1. Under the Government's Freight Facilities Grants Scheme, grants
are available towards the capital cost of rail and inland waterway
freight equipment in cases where the traffic would otherwise move by
road. This award is made under the provisions of Section 139 of the
Railways Act 1993 (which replaced Section 8 of the 1974 Act).

2. Track Access Grants, made under Section 137 of the Railways Act
1993, are available to help meet the cost of Railtrack access charges
for freight flows which could not be attracted to rail or would
otherwise transfer to road.


# = pounds sterling


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