Railways: Freight

Department for Transport written question – answered on 25th November 2021.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the proposed change of services for HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, if he will take steps to provide additional support for rail freight.

Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Assistant Whip, Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The plans set out in the Integrated Rail Plan will support greater capacity on parts of the existing network for rail freight across the Midlands and North, and will accelerate modal shift of goods from road to rail. Network Rail’s further development of different schemes will take account of needs and benefits of rail freight.

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