Railways

Transport written question – answered on 22nd June 2009.

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Photo of Adrian Sanders Adrian Sanders Opposition Deputy Chief Whip (Commons)

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department has targets for the proportion of domestic freight and passenger transport made by rail.

Photo of Chris Mole Chris Mole Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

The Department for Transport does not set such targets, but it is Government policy to encourage the development of sustainable passenger and freight transport.

The Department is taking full account of the potential for freight modal shift from road to rail in its ongoing work to consider future investment and other priorities for key national network corridors. It is also an important consideration in the development of the Department's Carbon Reduction Strategy.

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