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Volume 113: debated on Monday 30 March 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his answer of 19 January, Official Report, column 38, if he will list the volume of freight, revenue and staff employed by Freightliner, for each of the five years prior to 1981; and if he will list the operating costs of Freightliner for each of the last 10 years.

The information, which is published in Freightliner's annual report and accounts, is as follows:

Volume of freight carried (TEUs)1 000sRevenue £ millionStaff employed at year's end
1 Containers forwarded by land in 20 foot equivalent units (TEUs).
Operating costs £ million

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the sites of and numbers of Freightliner terminals, open in May 1979 and currently.

There were 39 Freightliner terminals open in May 1979, listed as follows:

  • Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Coatbridge, Linwood, Greenock, Newcastle, Stockton, Leeds, Hull, Longsight, Trafford Park, Barton Dock Road, Garston, Aintree, Holyhead, Nottingham, Dudley, Birmingham, Coventry, Swansea, Cardiff, Stewartby, Ipswich, Felixstowe, Harwich, Tilbury, Barking, Stratford, Willesden, Kings Cross, Bristol, Southampton Maritime, Milbrook, Poole, Plymouth, Belfast, Dublin.
There are 33 Freightliner terminals open at present, listed as follows:

  • Aberdeen*, Dundee*, Edinburgh*, Glasgow, Coatbridge, Newcastle*, Stockton, Leeds, Hull*, Longsight*, Trafford Park, Barton Dock Road, Garston, Seaforth, Holyhead, Nottingham*, Birmingham, Swansea*, Cardiff, Ipswich, Felixstowe, Tilbury, Barking, Stratford, Dagenham Storage, Willesden, Bristol, Swindon, Southampton Maritime, Milbrook, Belfast, Dublin, Zeebrugge.

* The terminals marked with an asterisk are to close on 6 April.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish in the Official Report all the official guidance provided by his Department to British Rail on the operation of Freightliner since 1979.

Guidance on the operation of the Freightliner business is included in the letter of 21 October 1986 to the chairman of the BRB setting objectives. A copy has been placed in the Library of the House.