§ Mr. Ronald Atkins
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment to what extent goods traffic is being diverted from roads to railways; and whether he will set up an inquiry to consider what action should be taken to assist this diversion.
§ Mr. Mulley
In the 1974 Railways Act I introduced a new support system for railways and grants towards the provision of private siding and related equipment. These will provide incentives to transfer suitable freight to rail, but it is too early to estimate their effect. I do not believe an inquiry is necessary.