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Reviving canals and railways

The Congestion Charge has found an unlikely ally from the waste-management industry in its battle to decongest Londons busy roads.

Planning permission has been received for a recycling centre that plans to move more than a million tonnes of material by canal and rail each year.

Freight experts hope that the Powerday site at Old Oak Sidings, Willesden Junction, will kickstart a revival of these modes of transport.

This would reduce the burden on Londons busy roads, aiding the £5 driving charge introduced by Mayor Ken Livingstone.

English, Welsh and Scottish Railway account manager Gordon Cox said: The combined road, rail and canal access to Powerdays recycling centre presents a unique opportunity to show just how sustainable transport can work, underlying the importance of rail freight to London.

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