Government promises £44m in rail freight grants

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The Department for Transport has promised that £44m will be made available in rail freight grants over the next three years. Transport minister Tom Harris said it would encourage more goods to be shifted by rail instead of road and fight rises in carbon dioxide emissions.
The plan is expected to help cut 2.1m lorry journeys and 631m lorry kilometres from Britain’s roads, reducing road congestion and accidents. Derrick Potter, executive chairman of The Potter Group welcomed the news saying: “The growth of rail freight is saving more than a billion lorry kilometres or five million lorry journeys each year, cutting pollutants and reducing road accidents.”
These are the Rail Environmental Benefit Procurement Scheme grants for 2007/08 to 2009/10:
Direct Rail Services for WH Malcolm worth £136,339
EWS for Cemex / British Sugar worth £214,840
EWS for Cemex worth £266,625
EWS for Cemex worth £199,584
EWS for J Clubb worth £84,807
EWS for Mendip Rail worth £165,240
EWS for Mendip Rail worth £192,510
EWS for Yeoman worth £13,996.80
Direct Rail Services for various customers worth £1,633,500
Eddie Stobart for Tesco worth £707,620
EWS for various customers worth £2,914,480
Fastline for various customers worth £386,748
Freightliner for various customers worth £28,651,344
GB Railfreight for various customers worth £5,656,581
John G Russell (Transport) for various customers worth £1,439,266
Kuehne + Nagel for Felixstowe to Hams Hall worth £1,422,883

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