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Channel Tunnel (Rail Freight)

Volume 227: debated on Monday 28 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the construction of rail freight depots to take advantage of the opening of the channel tunnel.

The Government welcome the new opportunities presented by the channel tunnel for rail freight. Decisions about the number and location of terminals are commercial matters for British Rail and the private sector. British Rail has selected nine sites for intermodal terminals in the light of independent market research.