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Roads: Freight

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what his policy is on the use of road haulage in place of rail haulage for movement of bulk materials for rail infrastructure works; (294746)

(2) what recent assessment he has made of the environmental impact of (a) road and (b) rail haulage for movement of bulk materials for rail infrastructure works;

(3) what discussions his Department has had with Network Rail on the merits of (a) road and (b) rail haulage for movement of bulk materials for rail infrastructure works.

The movement of bulk materials for rail infrastructure works is an operational matter for Network Rail.