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Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 19 March, Official Report, column 759W, on Rosyth, what estimate he has made of the likely change in long distance lorry movements through Tyneside which will result from the new RO-RO facilities at Rosyth. [113056]

My Department's grant award to Forth Ports Pic, Rosyth was predicated on the substantial environmental benefits which will arise through the savings of over 400,000 long distance lorry journeys between Scotland and the ports of Dover, Hull and Teesport over the next 10 years, No specific estimate was made of the number of lorries that would pass through the Port of Tyne,Of the 400,000 lorry journeys, 100,000 would have originated in Aberdeenshire, Angus, Fife, or Borders and thus passed through Tyneside on the way south.