Motorail Services

Oral Answers to Questions — Railways – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1968.

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Photo of Mr Daniel Awdry Mr Daniel Awdry , Chippenham 12:00 am, 24th July 1968

asked the Minister of Transport how many motor rail services have now been provided by British Railways with a view to encouraging long-distance tourists to relieve congestion on trunk routes by conveying their cars by train over a major part of their journey.

Photo of Mr Neil Carmichael Mr Neil Carmichael , Glasgow Woodside

I understand from British Rail that it now provides a total of 21 Motorail services.

Photo of Mr Daniel Awdry Mr Daniel Awdry , Chippenham

Does the hon. Gentleman agree that there is a great potential in the service, and will he do all he can to encourage it?

Photo of Mr Neil Carmichael Mr Neil Carmichael , Glasgow Woodside

It certainly has great potential. This is ultimately a matter for the commercial judgment of British Railways, which has extended the service this year. I am sure that it will look for opportunities for further extension of the service in the future.

Photo of Mr David Webster Mr David Webster , Weston-Super-Mare

What is the percentage capacity used on the service, and the percentage profitability on capital employed?

Photo of Mr Neil Carmichael Mr Neil Carmichael , Glasgow Woodside

That is rather a lot to ask at short notice. If the hon. Gentleman will put down a question I shall be delighted to ask British Railways for the figures for him.