Rail Freight

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 25th September 2008.

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Photo of John Wilson John Wilson Scottish National Party

Question S3W-16371

To ask the Scottish Executive how much John G Russell (Transport) Ltd is receiving to move freight from road to rail and what the sources are of this funding, broken down by Scottish Government programme.

Photo of Stewart Stevenson Stewart Stevenson Scottish National Party

John G Russell (Transport) Ltd has this year received freight facilities grant (FFG) support of £183,979 from the Scottish Government in connection with the development of a rail freight facility at Hillington. The company has also been awarded FFG of up to £1,842,617 by the Scottish Government in 2008 for the development of a rail freight terminal in Inverness and a future daily rail freight service between Coatbridge and Inverness.

The company also received funding totalling £562,997 in 2007-08 under the rail environmental benefits procurement scheme (intermodal) (REPS (I)) to support four rail freight services operating between the English midlands and the Scottish central belt. This grant was awarded by the UK Department for Transport, with a contribution of £59,572 from the Scottish Government. The Department for Transport has also awarded REPS (I) support of up to £561,774 in 2008-09 and £505,587 in 2009-10 for the same traffic. The Scottish Government contribution will be up to £59,442 in 2008-09 and up to £53,497 in 2009-10.

The Scottish Government has also awarded to the company REPS (I) support of up to £75,870 in 2008-09 and £182,100 in 2009-10 for a rail freight service between Coatbridge and Inverness.

All these grants are to support the movement of freight from road to rail. Scottish Government funding is drawn from its support for the freight industry programme.

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