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Olympic Park

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will urgently convene a meeting of the prospective funding partners for the lock and water-control structure on the Bow Back Rivers required to allow water freight access to the Olympic Park site in order to secure agreement that it will be built; and if he will make a statement. (111759)

British Waterways is leading on this project and convened a meeting of the major funding partners last week. Discussions are continuing.

The Department has offered to contribute to the costs of the lock through the Freight Facilities Grant scheme. Our contribution is based on the environmental, congestion and safety benefits expected to be achieved by the transfer of Olympic construction traffic from road to water.