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NEW FREIGHT GRANTS TO KEEP 70,000 LORRIES OFF ROADS

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Roads in the north and east of England will see 70,000 fewer lorry journeys a year following the award of two gover...
Roads in the north and east of England will see 70,000 fewer lorry journeys a year following the award of two government grants announced by transport secretary George Young.

Sir George said yesterday: 'This government is determined to see a revival of rail freight in this country and these awards underline that commitment. They are good news for the rail industry and will be especially welcome to people who will not now have lorry traffic trundling through their towns and villages.'

A Freight Facilities Grant of over £200,000 will lead to construction of a new railhead at Immingham Docks sparing roads between Sheffield and Immingham 67,000 lorry trips a year.

A Track Access Grant to English Welsh and Scottish Railways will put 3,200 lorry loads of sand off roads between East Anglia and South Yorkshire and will enable Hepworths Mineral and Chemicals to maintain its long standing relationship with rail.

Since 1975, 207 rail schemes have benefited from Freight Facilities Grant at a cost of some £90m. It is estimated that three million lorry journeys a year have been removed from British roads and that around 12% of rail traffic in 1994 was carried on services which have benefited from grant.
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