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WALES: Minister may put block on heavier lorries; LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE.


The Government yesterday came close to ruling out allowing heavier lorries on to UK roads, to the delight of rail freight campaigners.

The Transport Department has been carrying out a feasibility study into whether the limit of 44 tonnes should be raised to 60 tonnes.

Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly was asked at the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth whether she would give a commitment not to go ahead with the idea.

She said: "A feasibility study was commissioned before I joined the Transport Department.

"I have not seen any evidence on this and I will take a heck of a lot of persuading that 60 tonne lorries were the right answer to whichever question we are asked."

The train drivers' union Aslef published an opinion poll earlier this week showing that three out of four members of the public were opposed to longer and heavier vehicles.

General Secretary Keith Norman said: "We are delighted to hear Ruth Kelly say that she is going to take a lot of persuasion over the introduction of these heavier lorries.

"The idea is opposed by managers, unions and campaign groups as well as most of the public.

"We are pleased that the Government appears to be taking the democratic route."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Article Type:Conference news
Date:Sep 28, 2007
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