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Railways: Freight

Volume 699: debated on Wednesday 27 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will consider combining the central railway freight route with the adjacent high-speed line for passenger trains from St Pancras station to the north of England and Scotland. [HL2065]

In 2004, the Government declined Central Railways's request for them to support the passage of a hybrid Bill through Parliament to establish a rail link between the south-east and the north-west of England, predominantly for use by freight traffic.

In the event that new proposals were submitted to combine the Central Rail route with any other existing railways, or for other variations to the original scheme, the Department for Transport would consider them in full.