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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-10177: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 4 July 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its Freight Fares Review and the timing of the introduction of a new freight fares structure.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 27 July 2017

The most recent Working Group meeting, which includes local authorities, Regional Transport Partnerships, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and industry bodies, took place on 27 March 2017. At this meeting the Working Group identified some further analysis to be undertaken on the preferred option identified for setting freight fares. This has now been conducted and I have recently received advice from Transport Scotland officials, which I am currently considering.

Scottish Ministers & Transport Scotland have always been clear that there is no definitive commitment on timing. However we are working to conclude the review as soon as practicable and I aim to be in a position to provide details on the way forward by the end of this summer.

Minutes of all Working Group meetings are available on the Transport Scotland website.