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Freight: Liverpool

Volume 464: debated on Monday 8 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what planning assumptions have been made about the likely growth in freight volumes through the port of Liverpool. (156556)

The Department has itself made no such assumptions: planning to meet growth in traffic is a matter for the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company. In relation to containers specifically, the Company’s evidence to the inquiry last year into the application for a Harbour Revision Order to permit development of the Seaforth River Terminal included a projection to 2015 of the trend growth-rate of 5.1 per cent. per annum which had been experienced over the 10 years to 2005.