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Freight: Blaenau Ffestiniog

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to protect the Blaenau Ffestiniog goods yard for future freight use. (141018)

Blaenau Ffestiniog goods yard was marketed extensively—over and above the normal consultation process that the company undertakes prior to putting a property up for sale—to the rail freight community during 2006. No interest in purchasing the site for rail freight use was received. In addition, no objections to the sale were received from the rail industry or from the Welsh Assembly Government who stated that there was no public or private interest in the site. As such, following the formal consultation process that BRB (Residuary) Ltd. are required to undertake prior to releasing properties for sale, the site was sold at auction on 6 June 2007.