Shipping: Bristol Channel

Department for Transport written question – answered on 25th June 2018.

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Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the potential for a modal shift from road to sea through the revival of shipping routes in the Bristol Channel between ports in Wales and England.

Photo of Nusrat Ghani Nusrat Ghani Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)

No specific assessment has been made of Bristol Channel shipping routes. In the first instance shipping services are undertaken on a private sector basis. The choice of routes operated will therefore be dependent on potential market volumes, competition and the commercial viability of these.

Some, very limited funding support via Waterborne Freight Grant is available for coastal shipping, in recognition of its wider benefits over road transport. Recent research is planned to be published about potential changes to this support regime.

The recent Department for Transport report “Transport Infrastructure for our global future: a study of England’s port connectivity”, has committed to work with the maritime industry to better understand the barriers, challenges and market opportunities for coastal shipping.

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