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Goods Traffic

Volume 928: debated on Thursday 17 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will support the German Minister of Transport at the April meeting of the EEC Council of Transport Ministers in Herr Gescheidle's approach to effect a certain transfer of international freight traffic from road to rail.

The letter which the German Minister of Transport wrote in December last to the other EEC Ministers of Transport was concerned primarily with the severe congestion on the roads of the Federal Republic of Germany which, he said, was caused by heavy international road transit traffic. I hope that there will be an opportunity at the next EEC Council of Transport Ministers for a full discussion of the points made by Herr Gescheidle and other general transport problems which face all the EEC countries.