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Freight Trains

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Office of Rail Regulator plans to introduce an environmental levy on goods transported by freight trains. (95483)

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) published, on 11 October 2006, a consultation document “ORR's Sustainable Development and Environment Duties”.

One of the issues on which ORR is seeking stakeholder views relates to the use of an environmental charge that would reflect the costs of train operations on the environment.

A copy of the consultation document can be found on the ORR website at and will be made available in the Library of the House. Consultation responses are requested by 22 December 2006.