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VW emissions: Transport Committee still pushing for answers:

www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/transport-committee/news-parliament-2015/volkswagen-emissions-violations-correspondence-16-17/

 

House of Commons Transport Select Committee

 

EVIDENCE SESSION: Urban congestion

 

3.05pm, Wednesday 29 March 2017, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

 

www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/transport-committee/news-parliament-2015/urban-congestion-5-evidence-16-17/

 

House of Commons Transport Select Committee

 

EVIDENCE SESSION: Rail compensation

 

2.05pm, Monday 20 March 2017, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

 

www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/transport-committee/news-parliament-2015/rail-compensation-one-off-evidence-16-17/

 

House of Commons Transport Select Committee

 

EVIDENCE SESSION: Urban congestion

 

4.05pm, Monday 13 March 2017, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

 

www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/transport-committee/inquiries/parliament-2015/urban-congestion-16-17/#

 

House of Commons Transport Select Committee

 

EVIDENCE SESSION: Rail safety

 

4.05pm, Monday 16 January 2017, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

 

In the third oral evidence session of the Rail Safety inquiry, the Transport Committee will hear from the British Transport Police and the British Transport Police Authority. The session will consider crime on the railways and the approach of the British Transport Police in tackling it:

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Bus Services Bill: boost to communities welcomed by MPs

Transport Select Committee Summary, Conclusions and Recommendations

25 November 2016

 

House of Commons Transport Select Committee

 

EVIDENCE SESSION: Rail safety

 

4.05pm, Monday 28 November 2016, Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster

 

In the second oral evidence session of the Rail Safety inquiry, the Transport Committee will hear from industry and union representatives about the issues they consider to be most important in ensuring the safety of the railway system.

 

House of Commons Transport Select Committee

 

EVIDENCE SESSION: Rail franchising

 

4.05pm, Monday 10 October 2016, The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

 

In the second oral evidence session on rail franchising, the Transport Committee will hear evidence from representatives from transport user groups, as well as passenger rail operators, ownership groups and the Rail Delivery Group. The session will examine: how well the passenger is able to engage with the franchising process; the transparency and accountability of rail operator performance; the incentives of operators to invest and improve the efficiency of passenger rail; and the capabilities of the Department for Transport to handle the franchising program.

 

        Inquiry: Rail franchising

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        Transport Committee

 

Witnesses:

 

At 4.05pm

 

        Mike Hewitson, Head of Policy and Issues, Transport Focus

 

        Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport

 

        Stephen Locke, Chair, London TravelWatch

 

 

At 4.50pm

 

        Elizabeth de Jong, Director of Policy, Rail Delivery Group

 

        Gareth Powell, Director of Strategy and Contracted Services, Surface Transport, Transport for London

 

        Charlie Hodgson, Managing Director, Rail Development, Go-Ahead

 

        Richard McClean, Managing Director, Grand Central

 

Select Committee Announcement

Transport Committee Fifth Report 2016-17: All lane running

 

29 Sept 2016

 

Government must not ignore safety concerns presented by All lane running report, says MPs

 

In a report published in June, the Transport Select Committee warned that Government should not proceed with 'All lane running' schemes while major safety concerns exist. The Committee argued that the permanent conversion of the hard shoulder into a running lane is a radical change to the nature of motorways and creates a real challenge for motorists.

 

However, Ministers seem determined to press ahead with the latest design of all lane running schemes, ignoring the concerns expressed by MPs and other motoring organisations.

 

Further information:

 

In 'All lane running', the latest version of smart motorways, the hard shoulder is used as a live lane of traffic. Previous schemes have only used the hard shoulder at peak times or to deal with congestion.

 

In 2015, the Department for Transport forecasted that traffic on the strategic road network would increase by up to 60% by 2040. The Government sees smart motorways as a way of addressing this growth without incurring the costs of traditional motorway widening.

 

Plans are in place to permanently convert the hard shoulder into a running lane on around 300 miles of motorway. Highways England has a programme of 30 all lane running schemes to the value of circa £6 billion over the next nine years.

 

Select Committee Announcement

 

22 July 2015

 

The Transport Select Committee will be publishing four Special Reports:

 

       Investing in the railway: Network Rail Response to the Committee's Seventh Report of Session 2014–15 (HC 347)

 

       Motoring of the future: Government Response to the Committee's Eighth Report of Session 2014–15 (HC 349)

 

       Smaller airports: Government Response to the Committee's Ninth Report of Session 2014–15 (HC 350)

 

       Strategic river crossings: Government Response to the Committee's Tenth Report of Session 2014–15 (HC 348)

 

The Committee has agreed to publish the four reports at 11.00am on Friday 24 July.

 

 

Select Committee Announcement

 

1 July 2015

 

LOUISE ELLMAN MP WELCOMES AIRPORTS COMMISSION FINAL REPORT AND SUPPORT FOR HUB AIRPORT AT HEATHROW

 

I welcome today’s publication of the final report of the Airports Commission. Sir Howard Davies and his team have produced a considered piece of work, and in supporting expansion at Heathrow—the UK’s only hub airport—have identified the best choice for the UK economy.

 

Sir Howard’s findings echo those of the Transport Committee I chaired in the last Parliament, when we concluded that a third runway at Heathrow was necessary for the UK to maintain its status as an international aviation hub. A new runway at Heathrow would also help to meet the current capacity shortfall, and provide a much-needed opportunity to improve connectivity from airports across the regions and nations of the UK.

 

The Airports Commission is right not to rule out the expansion of Gatwick—a new runway at Gatwick, alongside an expanded Heathrow hub, could help to meet future demand, and enhance competition to the benefit of passengers.

 

Now that Sir Howard has reported it is crucial that action is taken to address the shortfall in airport capacity. My Committee in the last Parliament set a challenge for the 2015 Government to quickly get to grips with the recommendations of the Airports Commission and not seek excuses for further delay. For too long airport expansion has been viewed as too difficult, with decisions deferred and postponed. To do so again would present serious risks for the UK’s economy.

 

Select Committee Announcement

 

20 March 2015

 

LOUISE ELLMAN WELCOMES NORTHERN TRANSPORT STRATEGY BUT CALLS FOR COMMITMENT ON FUNDING

 

          Inquiry page – Investing in the railway

         

Speaking in response to the publication of Northern Transport Strategy, Louise Ellman MP, Chair of the Transport Committee said today:

 

“I welcome the Northern Transport Strategy but I am concerned that there is no commitment to funding. Ministers must clarify when there will be real improvements to overcrowded and slow rail services between our major northern cities. Transport for the North must be clear that the proposals to “simplify” rail fares in the north will not be used as a way of increasing fares by the back door—as proposed last year in the consultation on the Northern Rail franchise.

 

I am pleased that the Government has accepted the Transport Committee’s repeated recommendations for greater integration between HS2 and the conventional rail network; and for route-based transport strategies that address all modes of travel. Today’s announcement is a sign that the Government accepted that this approach will bring the maximum benefits for rail passengers, motorists and for freight.

 

I welcome the move to greater devolution but Ministers must clarify how the new arrangements will ensure that the needs of the city regions don't dominate and obscure the needs of smaller towns and rural areas that also need the economic benefits of improved transport.

 

East-West connectivity by road and rail is not just an issue in the North: as motorists and rail passengers in the Midlands and East Anglia know all too well. As my Committee has recommended, the Government must make clear how it will improve East-West connectivity across the country.”

 

FURTHER INFORMATION:

 

Recommendation 19 of the Transport Committee’s Investing in the railway Report, published on 23 January 2015, stated:

 

We welcome the proposals to improve East-West connectivity. We call for clarity on whether these proposals will be truly East-West: extending from Hull to Liverpool, with the benefits that would bring for freight and passenger rail. It is also not at all clear whether these proposals—HS3 as the Chancellor has referred to them—will entail a new line or improvements to existing lines. The Department should clarify this point, and also make clear what long-term objectives it has for improving East-West connectivity across the country.

 

Select Committee Announcement

 

18 March 2015

 

SPECIAL REPORT: INVESTING IN THE RAILWAY: GOVERNMENT AND OFFICE OF RAIL REGULATION RESPONSES TO THE COMMITTEE'S SEVENTH REPORT OF SESSION 2014–15. Click here for report.

 

Select Committee Announcement

 

16 October 2014

 

LOUISE ELLMAN RESPONDS TO PUBLICATION OF THE GOVERNMENT’S CYCLING AND WALKING DELIVERY PLAN

 

Speaking in response to publication of the Government’s Cycling and Walking Delivery Plan, Louise Ellman MP, Chair of the Transport Committee said today:

 

“I welcome today’s Cycling and Walking Delivery Plan, which has endorsed several key recommendations made by the Transport Committee in its recent report on Cycling Safety.

 

“We called for strong political leadership to support safer roads and more support for cycling. The Government has accepted our call to increase funding for cycling to reach £10 per head per year by 2020 - a significant increase on current levels of spending*.

 

“It is vital that this new funding is made both long-term and strategic: the cycling budget is currently fragmented across many different initiatives with no consistency or clarity over funding sources.

 

“Today’s Cycling Plan offers a good starting point, but clear and sustained political support - alongside practical effort to deliver better cycling infrastructure - is essential to drive the cultural change required to support cycling across all parts of central and local government.

 

“Only then will the roads be safer for cyclists.”  

 

*Current government spending on cyclist is estimated by British Cycling to stand at only £2 per person per year.