§ Mr. Gapes
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the present apportionment of costs between British Rail sectors for the Darlington to Bishop Auckland railway line; and what will be the change in apportionment of track costs following withdrawal of cement trains later in the current year.
§ Mr. Freeman
This is primarily a matter for British Rail. The route between Darlington and Bishop Auckland is Regional Railways sponsored. In such cases, freight flows are charged only incremental costs and there is not, therefore, likely to be any effect.