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Belgian rail freight gets cash boost

18 June 2004

BRUSSELS – The Belgian government is to inject EUR 30 million in yearly subsidies to encourage more internal road freight traffic onto the national railways sytem.

The move, to relieve Belgium’s already congested road infrastructure, is hoped to substantially increase the current yearly national rail freight traffic of 350,000 containers, estimated to be the equivalent of 35,000 monthly lorry loads.

European Union regulations allow the subisdies, which will be chanelled into developing the technical and commercial rail freight infrastructure.

The government said the complications involved in internal rail freight traffic, which protracts most transport operations, make the service commercially non-viable.

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Subject: Belgian news