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pockmarked and stay. Don't forget to

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join me for a round-up at 11p

tonight but first, questions to

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Chris Grayling and his team of

ministers.

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Order! Order! Questions to the

Secretary of State for transport.

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Question number one.

The Secretary

of State for transport, secretary

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Chris Grayling. No, we don't

allocate funding on a per head of

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population bases. We ensure spending

goes where it is most needed and

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delivers greatest value for money.

You may be interested to know that

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recent evaluations showed that

planned central government transport

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investment over the next few years

is equally balanced with 1039 pounds

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of planned spending per head in the

North compared with £1029 in the

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South.

May I take this opportunity

to thank all of those who are

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involved in keeping our transport

system is going in this inclement

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weather. I am sure fellow Yorkshire

MPs would share my surprise at the

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Secretary of State's recent

Yorkshire post article saying

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spending in the North was somehow

greater in the north than the South.

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Does he agree with me that spinning

figures simply won't fix our archaic

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Northern Rail way systems all get

Northern commuters to work on time?

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Chibok I echo the comments about

those working hard to keep transport

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system open today. We are very

grateful to all of them. What I

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would say in a week when the Labour

Party has already had issues with

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the use of statistics, she should

look at the official statistics from

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the independent infrastructure

authority which show that government

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spending is higher in the north van

in the South.

I'm sure we could

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spend more government money on

transport in the East Midlands,

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particularly Northamptonshire and

especially Kettering. The Midland

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mainline's new franchises being

negotiated at the moment. Would the

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gentleman make sure that Kettering's

rail services are better after that

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franchises ordered now?

He is a

strong champion for Kettering. He

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will be delighted that with the

expansion of capacity to Corby it

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means there will be a much better

commuter service in the mornings and

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evenings through Corby down to

Kettering and beyond. This is one of

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the benefits that is coming from the

biggest investment in the Midland

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mainline since the 1870s.

Just to

give the Secretary of State example

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of equal treatment, when they rail

franchise comes to the new franchise

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in 2020, is it true that because the

current carriages on HST are

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disability noncompliant they will be

scrapped, the power cars will be

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kept and put together with

second-hand cast of characters from

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the east Coast line? So instead of a

brand-new hybrid hype whoa train we

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were promised we are going to get

hybrid trains with 30-year-old para

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cars and 30-year-old discarded

carriages from another line?

The

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Midland mainline is going to have

brand-new trains delivered as soon

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as we possibly can in the early 20

20s, years ahead of what would

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otherwise have been the case on the

original scheme.

Within the context

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of the idea of equity spending, I

wonder if my right honourable

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friend, after this snow event is

over, would ask some serious

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questions or even review why it is

that when we have an event like this

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we are still not in any way, in some

cases, prepared? I discovered in

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some cases that Heathrow is busy

off-loading flights because they

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can't cope with it, whereas... It is

regional flights. What I am saying

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to my honourable friend is, given

all of that, places like Gatwick and

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other airports are able to cope.

Does he not think it is ridiculous

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that in some airports they are

simply unable to cope and others in

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the UK can?

Of course I know a

number of members are here today

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because flights to regional airports

have been not able to go and I

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expect us to be able to sort that

out today as quickly as possible,

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though it is really important the

transport system is run safely. One

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of the benefits of the expansion of

Heathrow airport is that that

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airport will become more resilient

to difficult situations like that

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whoa this week and connections will

be more reliable.

I pay tribute to

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transport workers giving the system

going. In his opening comments the

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Secretary of State said allocation

of funding was a fair process so can

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he explain why his Government has

ignored recommendations to fund

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Scotland £6 million and yet since

then, there has been a £250 billion

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loss of revenue for southern rail

and found a £250 million for HS2?

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His Government has been ignoring the

Scottish Government since July this

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year so will he meet the Scottish

government, as there needs to be

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equity funding?

Once again the SNP

is arguing against the use of the

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Barnett Formula. They love the

Barnett Formula when it is

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advantageous to them but when they

don't like it they want to get rid

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of it. Eyes and they say to them,

this Government has followed the

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principles of the Barnett Formula

but the Treasury has given Scotland

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a bit more money above that so I

wish they would stop complaining.

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The reality is that Scotland is now

better represented with a group of

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Conservative MPs who are much more

effective than this MP ever was.

Mr

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Speaker, Secretary of State's

acceptance of the Hendy review 2016

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recognised necessary changes to the

Scoble great Western education and

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following completion of the

feasibility assessment of the line

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between Reading and Basingstoke that

has been identified that

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electrification of that section is

not required to deliver improvements

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to passengers.

Given my honourable

friend's commendable plan to scrap

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all diesel only trains from our

tracks by 2040, would he extend whoa

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consider extending cross wail to

Reading and Basingstoke as an

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alternative to improve capacity into

London from Northampton?

The

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department always welcomes

suggestions from my honourable

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friend. There are no current plans

to extend the crossrail route and no

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assessment has yet been made of the

amount or availability of any such

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scheme.

Question three.

Thank you.

We have ambitious plans to

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transport emissions, including

ending the sale of new conventional

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petrol diesel cars and vans on the

use of diesel only trains.

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Greenhouse gas emissions will be

reduced. Action to tackle hotspots

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is being taken. We will be launching

a zero emissions transport paper and

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the House can view that.

Can I thank

the Minister for that reply? He will

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know that 24% of emissions are

transport related. You will know

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there are hotspots across the

country, including in my own

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constituency, and thousands of

people die prematurely as a result

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of poor air quality, including 61 in

my own constituency in Gedling. How

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does he intend to accelerate the

progress he has outlined to us and

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the policy development in

Parliament?

We absolutely recognise

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the issues he raises and I think he

will know that we will work very

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closely with the department for

environment and rural affairs on

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this issue. Our specific plans on

transport emissions will be released

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in our report this month.

Can the

Minister assure the House that

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emissions, as far as the department

is concerned, refers to both carbon

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and air quality emissions in terms

of nitrogen dioxide and small

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particulate matter and that that is

fully addressed together in the

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department?

Yes, I can absolutely

give him that assurance. Defra is

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the lead agency within government on

this but the work... Only on Monday,

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in fact, we put on the statute book

the renewable transport fuel

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obligation which specifically

balances the two sides of that

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equation.

Oxford is proud to call

itself a cycling city, yet last week

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it was identified in the High Court

ruling on air pollution as one of

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the 45 cities the Government needs

to do more to help. Will pay more

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money be to Oxford to help us make

that modal shift?

I'm sure she will

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be aware that substantial amounts of

money have been put aside already to

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help local authorities affected by

air quality problems and it is up to

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Oxford to apply for that money when

it becomes available.

I do drive an

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electric car but many people do not.

A northern powerhouse rail would

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take many cars off the road. The

all-party group on the northern

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powerhouses calling for the project

for northern powerhouse rail to be

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brought forward to coincide with the

completion of HS2 in 2032. With the

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Minister support that proposal? Two

is what I am always grateful for

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invitations to support proposals. I

will leave that to the specific

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ministers concerned but he will be

aware it is a manifesto commitment.

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I am not sure I see any merits in

the early termination of the Virgin

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Trains East Coast franchise and it

is not something I would like to

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happen but you have to deal with the

world that is, not as you would like

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be. My priority is to ensure the

continued smooth running of the East

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Coast franchise first partners and

employees to make sure the trains

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run and deliver the services people

need. A new arrangement to operate

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this railway prior to the east coast

partnership in 2020 needs to be put

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in place. We are currently

conducting a full appraisal of the

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options I will return to the House

in due course.

Illuminating

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information but I think the

secretary's first priority before

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that is to seek to group the

question with others.

I am very

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grateful. I am afraid to say that

server standards have deteriorated

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on virgin stagecoach East coach. I

am a regular customer on that line

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and that is despite the best efforts

of the excellent staff on board

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trains and its stations. But those

staff are now facing their sixth

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employer in a decade and a half.

Will he meet me and some of those

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staff so they can express their

concerns about the way in which the

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franchise has been conducted, and

will he give the House an

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undertaking that there is a genuine

public sector operator ready to take

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over should it be required, or has

Directly Operated Railways And been

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outsourced already?

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I can give a guarantee that has been

the case, we have been making

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preparations for some considerable

time, there is a genuine alternative

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Fitbit is deemed best for the

passenger and best value for the

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taxpayer. I and my colleagues are

happy to talk to staff but I would

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correct one point, the reality is

that the independent assessments of

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passenger satisfaction that would

have shown a higher level of

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passenger satisfaction since the

change of franchise, not a lower

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one.

I would like to say a huge

thank you to the staff involved in

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keeping the trains running. As has

been said, the current Virgin Trains

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East Coast mainline franchise

agreement will end three years early

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making it the third franchise

failure in around a decade, and I

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wonder, as well as the people who

use the line, I don't agree with

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your assessment, but will the

Secretary of State recognise that

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there is a problem and see this as

the perfect opportunity to bring

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those contracts back in-house?

As I

have said in his house before, I

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need to do what is best for

passengers and the taxpayer. The

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reality is that since the

transition, regardless of the fact

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that Stagecoach got their numbers

wrong, passenger satisfaction has

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risen, more people are employed by

the railway and it delivers more

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body to the taxpayer. That is the

reality, they can say it is not

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true, it is true and it is a fact

they have to deal with.

I can assure

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the Minister and Secretary of State

that my constituency, after three

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failed franchisees and the

experience of a directly operated

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railway, or would much prefer the

directly operated railway. With the

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Minister commit to eight directly

operated railway service?

I have

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said I will do what is best for the

passenger and the taxpayer. Their

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party do not seem to get this. The

reality is that passenger

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satisfaction levels are higher today

than three years ago, that is what

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independent research shows.

They may

not like it but it is true. Next

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year Bradford will have seen a

marked increase in the number of

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much-needed direct intercity trains

serving the city but the chaos with

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the East Coast line has put this in

trouble. Connection to the rest of

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the country is vital so will the

Minister ensure that whatever

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happens to the east Coast franchise,

Bradford will see an increase in the

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number of direct trains?

It is an

important point. Let's be clear, it

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is my contention that whatever

arrangements are put in place for

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the next three years, the service

improvements that have been promised

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will be delivered. There is an issue

in relation to infrastructure and

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additional capacities of the

northern part of the route which

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will have to be resolved and then

maybe amendments to the timetables

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but it will not stop is delivering

the services. In the case of

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Bradford I expect to fulfil the

commitments made.

I would agree that

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there are no merits from the early

termination of the franchise but

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there are opportunities from the new

partnership. By constituency has ten

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railway stations, none of which have

a direct rail service to London.

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Would my right honourable friend

agree this is an opportunity to look

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at providing services to those towns

not presently served?

My honourable

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friend has been a regular advocate

for direct services, I would like to

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see those services happen, I am

looking to see if we can maximise

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capacity of the East Coast to make

additional services possible but the

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arrival of HS2 will allow many of

those services that cannot be run

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now because of capacity constraints

to happen because of the additional

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capacity HS2 will create routes to

the north Scotland.

I am not

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entirely sure what the impact of the

Virgin Trains East coast franchise

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is a portion but that was the

honourable gentleman -- doubtless

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the honourable gentleman is about to

explain to us.

I am absolutely going

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to! Given the alternatives being

proposed I wonder if the Secretary

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of State has seen the remarks by

President Obama about the

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nationalised French Railways and if

he has remarks upon the?

Wisdom

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sometimes come from our allies

across the Channel and I have to say

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I did see those remarks and it is a

timely reminder that in nationalised

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railway is not the panacea that some

think it is.

Not the warship

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perspective but the international

perspective, why would I expect

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anything less from someone so

illustrious as a man who served as

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my constituency chairman for three

years for which he deserved a medal!

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Jack Brereton.

Number five, Mr

Speaker.

I beg pardon, we have

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missed frontbenchers, let's them.

Thank you, the Secretary of State

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says Stagecoach got their sums wrong

but clearly the Department got their

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sums wrong as well when they awarded

the contract to them. Franchise

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holders should not be allowed to bid

for future franchises, does he agree

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this is an opportunity to put this

franchise into the public sector and

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allow further public sector

involvement across all franchises to

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improve and review the franchise

tender process?

We certainly keep

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the franchise process under

continual review to work to improve

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it but as I said a moment ago,

public railway is not the panacea

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everyone claims it is bad side. What

I would say also, I intend to take

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the right decisions for the taxpayer

and travelling public root, that is

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imported, and I intend to act within

the law, which is also important.

On

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Monday the chief executive of

Stagecoach said that he knew there

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was a problem with the East Coast

franchise finances weeks after

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taking over the contract in March

2015 and had been talking to the

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Department about it but two years.

Why didn't the Secretary of State

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put together a contingency plan for

the route given that his department

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was in dialogue with the operator

over the difficulties? The Secretary

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of State had two years to sort this

mess out and is that it simply

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incredible but he still does not

know what to do?

I have not been

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Secretary of State for two years but

let's be clear, we have been

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planning, I have been Secretary of

State of 18 months, Mr Speaker, he

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cannot do his sons. Since I became

aware there was a problem on the

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route, we have been doing

contingency planning so we have a

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long-term plan for the route and

short-term options but you cannot

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put though short-term options into

place until the appropriate moment

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arrives when they are necessary and

we are prepared for the moment when

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it arises and will deal with the

alternatives.

Given that the

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taxpayer has already lost out on

over £2 billion of premium payments,

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can the Secretary of State ad buys

the house whether the financial

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ramifications of the termination of

the franchise are now completely

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known and concluded? In the

alternative, what about your body is

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earmarked to settle further assist

in gay big demands through

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litigation or arbitration?

Again,

the Labour Party cannot do it sums.

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We have written off £2 billion a

body, they wrote of £1.4 billion

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when National Express collapsed.

Whatever happens, this railway will

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continue to generate a substantial

return for the taxpayer and it is

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time they did the sums properly

rather than misrepresenting the

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reality.

Thank you, Mr Speaker. I

know the Member for Stoke-on-Trent

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South is concerned about the impact

of traffic in his constituency, we

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discussed it when he came to the

department just last week. HS2

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Limited are already working with

high with England and local highways

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authorities to mitigate the effect

of construction traffic and will

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continue to do so as the bill

progresses. The planning regime

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established under the bill includes

powers for local planning

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authorities to improve final

construction routes for large goods

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vehicles. We will work closely with

the authorities to make sure impacts

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on communities and traffic are

appropriate.

I thank the Minister

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for the response. Could she update

the house of the measures to be put

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in place to tackle and mitigate the

impact of traffic particularly

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affecting junction 15 of the M6 from

construction of phase 2A?

We

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recognise the need to keep traffic

moving the residents and businesses.

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Income advance, junction 15 of the

M6 is an important access route for

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HS2 construction traffic. We

recognise it is an important access

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route for the Stoke-on-Trent area.

HS2 Limited are working closely with

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high with England to minimise the

impact of the M6 and consider any

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opportunities for delivery with a

smart motorway.

Question number

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seven, Mr Speaker.

Six, well done,

pretty good.

With permission, Mr

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Speaker, I will answer questions six

and 12 together. The bus services

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act 2017 presents local authorities

with new powers to bring about

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change and unlock potential for the

bus service industry to increase

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passenger numbers. Since 1982 bus

usage has fallen but is variable

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across the country. Passenger

journeys on local bus services in

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England have decreased 4% since

2009-2010 to 4.4 billion

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4,000,000,020 16-20 17. -- 4.4

billion in 2016-2000 and 17. Does

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the Minister believe there is a

correlation between cuts in bus

0:21:510:21:57

budget and bus usage falling to an

all-time low?

What action has been

0:21:570:22:00

taken to rectify this?

Bus patronage

is increasing for people who go to

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work, actually, 3 million people

choose to travel to work on the bus,

0:22:100:22:14

60% of people who'd use public

transport use the bus. Increasing

0:22:140:22:19

bus patronage is at the forefront of

the Government's bus agenda, it is

0:22:190:22:24

vital for combating congestion and

reducing emissions. Government

0:22:240:22:28

provides around £1 billion of

funding for concessionary travel

0:22:280:22:31

every year and around £250 million

will be paid this year to support

0:22:310:22:35

bus services in England through the

operators' grant.

Recent devolution

0:22:350:22:42

deal has seen the power to

re-regulate buses by London style

0:22:420:22:47

franchising in areas like my own

with a metronome. How does the

0:22:470:22:51

Government plan to support those

retro bears that take the choice to

0:22:510:22:53

franchise there but bashed -- then

was that were?

Bears have the

0:22:530:23:01

freedom to do it and it is right

these decisions are taken locally

0:23:010:23:05

either with a local authority or the

man and we would encourage all local

0:23:050:23:10

authorities all there is to consider

how they can use these powers to

0:23:100:23:14

make improvements for passengers and

increase bus patronage.

Damian

0:23:140:23:18

Green.

The real question seven,

served.

As my right honourable

0:23:180:23:27

friend knows, I have asked highways

England to progress plans to promote

0:23:270:23:31

a lorry holding area through the

normal process as a permanent

0:23:310:23:34

solution to Operation Stack.

Highways England intend to undertake

0:23:340:23:38

public consultation in the spring to

consider the scale and scope. The

0:23:380:23:44

commitment to this is strong.

The

Secretary of State is aware of the

0:23:440:23:51

extreme urgency of finding a

solution to this. Even if we assume

0:23:510:23:55

full implementation period after

Brexit we could be less than two

0:23:550:23:58

years away from new customs

arrangements at Dover and problems

0:23:580:24:03

there could be disastrous not just

for roads across Kent but for the

0:24:030:24:06

National Road haulage industry as

well. Can he assure us that by the

0:24:060:24:12

time of Brexit sufficient off-road

parking spaces will be available to

0:24:120:24:16

avoid a recurrence of Operation

Stack?

There are two points I should

0:24:160:24:20

make first of all it is absolutely

the intent of the Government to

0:24:200:24:26

maintain a free-flowing border, that

is of paramount importance. But the

0:24:260:24:29

other point is to be absolutely

clear that we will have both a

0:24:290:24:33

solution in place by next March

which keeps the M25 ring in both

0:24:330:24:38

directions but also provides the

there is congestion at the ports,

0:24:380:24:43

but we intend to move beyond that

and deliver a long-term solution

0:24:430:24:47

which will not only deal with this

solution of trouble at the ports but

0:24:470:24:52

also respite to Kent residents who

are fed up with lorries blocking

0:24:520:24:55

their local roads.

80% of the road

freight to and from the UK goes

0:24:550:25:03

through Dover. There is surely no

realistic chance of all those

0:25:030:25:10

lorries being checked from March

next year. Isn't the reality that if

0:25:100:25:14

we leave the EU without a deal,

utter chaos of the road that work

0:25:140:25:19

within miles of Dover is completely

unavoidable?

It is for this country

0:25:190:25:27

to decide how we manage our borders,

to decide what checks we put in

0:25:270:25:31

place, and the Government is

committed to making sure there is a

0:25:310:25:34

free-flowing border at Dover, that

is something we will deliver.

Is it

0:25:340:25:40

his department's policies that a new

fixed lab across the channel will

0:25:400:25:48

help the disruption.

We have bold

visions for the future, that is the

0:25:480:25:52

way we plan properly for the future

in transport terms but right now our

0:25:520:25:56

bold vision for this country is HS2,

potential expansion of Heathrow

0:25:560:26:00

airport, the lower Thames crossing,

the trans-Pennine Tunnel, the 8303,

0:26:000:26:04

so this is a Government with lots of

big visions for Britain and is

0:26:040:26:09

delivering.

0:26:090:26:13

The chairman of Maritime UK has said

that if a deal is not reached on

0:26:130:26:19

Brexit, lorry drivers could be stuck

on the main roads to Dover for up to

0:26:190:26:24

two days but even if the deal is

reached with the hard border at

0:26:240:26:27

vital ferry ports, the industry is

warning that customs and Port health

0:26:270:26:34

checks will cause massive

disruptions so what actual concrete

0:26:340:26:38

assurances, Secretary of State give

us that that is not going to be the

0:26:380:26:43

case?

I have regular dialogue with

both the border industry and the

0:26:430:26:48

ports sector and that have been very

clear to them, as I am clear with

0:26:480:26:51

this House and the Prime Minister is

being clear, we do not intend to

0:26:510:26:56

impose a fixed border, we want a

free-flowing border and that is what

0:26:560:26:59

we will deliver.

Secretary of State.

All franchise operators are required

0:26:590:27:11

to obtain a pre-follicle --

prequalification passport to adopt

0:27:110:27:16

the department may withdraw it in

the event that the passport

0:27:160:27:21

holder... This would prevent the

franchise holder from Billington

0:27:210:27:26

franchise competitions.

I take it

from Matt that it is possible for

0:27:260:27:34

the Secretary of State to disallow

an incumbent... Can he remove GoVia

0:27:340:27:49

from the Thameslink service? If not

what guarantees are there that my

0:27:490:27:54

constituents will get the service

they deserve?

We will accept the

0:27:540:27:59

outcome that will deliver the best

possible service for his

0:27:590:28:03

constituents. This is a competitive

process. I will not hesitate to

0:28:030:28:07

remove a passport from a firm that

requires that happened. I also

0:28:070:28:12

operate within European recruitment

law -- procurement law, and that

0:28:120:28:20

requires us to take a proportionate

approach and I will always seek to

0:28:200:28:23

do that and operate within the law.

Bastia no fewer than 67 million rail

0:28:230:28:29

journeys were cancelled or severely

curtailed and as I raised with the

0:28:290:28:36

Prime Minister yesterday, most of

the compensation was trousered by

0:28:360:28:40

rail operating companies so when

they bid to renew their franchises

0:28:400:28:42

will the way they have treated their

customers with compensation be a key

0:28:420:28:47

consideration, as it should be?

He

is right that we need to make sure

0:28:470:28:52

passengers get the compensation

payments they are entitled to. The

0:28:520:28:56

compensation structure is far more

complex than those that have been

0:28:560:28:59

highlighted in the media in recent

days but I'm very clear that the

0:28:590:29:02

move we are going through this year

to provide digital ticketing across

0:29:020:29:05

the whole network will make it much

more straightforward to give

0:29:050:29:10

passengers the compensation they

deserve and need and to do so simply

0:29:100:29:13

without having to fill in

complicated forms.

The estimates

0:29:130:29:18

report was very revealing, showing

how hundreds of millions of pounds

0:29:180:29:21

are being spent on compensation,

underwriting failure and bailouts.

0:29:210:29:27

In CP four alone, a staggering 39.4

million of public money and

0:29:270:29:32

constituents' money was handed over

to private operators, while

0:29:320:29:35

passengers were forced to pay over

the to travel. How much more public

0:29:350:29:40

money will be passed to these failed

rail operators? What the party

0:29:400:29:44

opposite fail to understand - less

than £3 in every £100 that is spent

0:29:440:29:50

on the railways remains with the

companies. The rest is going into

0:29:500:29:54

the biggest infrastructure

programme, better services, new

0:29:540:29:56

trains. Improvements that people

could only dream of in 13 years of

0:29:560:30:02

labour but pro-government but which

they are getting under the

0:30:020:30:04

Conservatives.

That is certainly no apology to our

0:30:040:30:10

constituents. Is lack of due

diligence has caused chief executive

0:30:100:30:13

David Brown of the embattled

southern rail fame to announce he

0:30:130:30:16

has done and, expletive deleted,

good job and he will bid again for

0:30:160:30:24

the next franchise contracts. Virgin

and Stagecoach will do the same.

0:30:240:30:27

These companies are on a huge gravy

train at the expense of taxpayers so

0:30:270:30:33

why is the Secretary of State being

held to ransom and even prepared to

0:30:330:30:36

consider rewarding their failure?

When she talks about a private gravy

0:30:360:30:44

train, I would encourage her to go

and look at the conversation that

0:30:440:30:47

the French prime minister had about

his state railway. Use of the

0:30:470:30:52

dilapidated network, delays, abysmal

debt... The situation is alarming,

0:30:520:30:55

not to say untenable. The French pay

more and more for a public service

0:30:550:31:00

that pays less and less well. So

what I would stay to her

0:31:000:31:04

constituents is that I'm delighted

that the people of York are going to

0:31:040:31:07

see every single train that serves

their station replaced as new or

0:31:070:31:12

with brand-new trains over the next

12 to 18 months, a change they

0:31:120:31:16

haven't seen for decades.

During the

franchise process, business cases

0:31:160:31:22

got a lot of focus. The Virgin

Trains East Coast contact was

0:31:220:31:31

mentioned earlier. Being a member of

the Public Accounts Committee and

0:31:310:31:34

present about hearing, I can say

that the franchisee Holder said that

0:31:340:31:37

although the figures were not what

he was expecting, they were not an

0:31:370:31:41

insurmountable barrier to the

franchise working and he quoted the

0:31:410:31:44

Scottish referendum and Brexit and a

declining trend of passenger figures

0:31:440:31:49

as a real reason why the franchise

failed. Can I asked my right

0:31:490:31:52

vulnerable friend that when

franchises across the country are

0:31:520:31:55

being looked at in the future, he

encourages companies to take a broad

0:31:550:32:00

range of dynamic scenario planning

so they get accurate figures?

He

0:32:000:32:04

makes an important point and what I

would say is that we are now

0:32:040:32:07

migrating to franchise systems that

are much more focused on quality. It

0:32:070:32:11

is my view that the quality of

service will drive revenues as much

0:32:110:32:15

as anything else. We will see a very

different approach where we don't

0:32:150:32:19

necessarily take the highest bid but

are looking for high-quality and the

0:32:190:32:22

bits and looking to be prudent about

the mechanisms so this doesn't

0:32:220:32:27

happen again.

Since becoming road

safety minister I have met several

0:32:270:32:33

times with the honourable gentleman

and often with the broad range of

0:32:330:32:40

road safety organisations. Those

institutions include RoSPA, the

0:32:400:32:47

RSPCA and others.

I come say he is

keenly interested in this subject

0:32:470:32:57

but isn't it still that there are

1720 knocks on the door where a

0:32:570:33:02

police man or woman knocks on the

door and says, "Your daughter, son,

0:33:020:33:08

mum, dad, grandfather, are dead".

That is the truth so we can't be

0:33:080:33:13

complacent. Can we look at having an

investigatory body in investigating

0:33:130:33:17

every death on the road and could

she Daughtry oversees developer and

0:33:170:33:22

colleagues of his? 1.3 million

people worldwide die every year.

0:33:220:33:25

Isn't it time we did something to

help them?

As he will know we are

0:33:250:33:31

very closely involved in supporting

nations around the world and raising

0:33:310:33:34

road safety standards and he has

been involved in that himself. With

0:33:340:33:38

regards to a national body, we have

looked at that and I am sure he will

0:33:380:33:42

take some comfort from the fact that

only today we are laying regulations

0:33:420:33:47

that will allow driving instructors

to undertake motorway driving with

0:33:470:33:51

learners and that is part of a much

wider push back in order to improve

0:33:510:33:55

better driving quality and reduce

fertility is.

The previous Transport

0:33:550:34:04

Committee's June 2016 inquiry into

all in running concluded that a %

0:34:040:34:09

noncompliance with signals was an

acceptable and in its response the

0:34:090:34:14

Government agreed, promising to

tackle it threw up, racial education

0:34:140:34:18

and enforcement. This January the

chief executive of highways England

0:34:180:34:21

wrote to me with an update stating,

"We have reduced compliance whoa

0:34:210:34:29

noncompliance to 8%." How can it be

acceptable for the government to

0:34:290:34:32

continue to roll out all lame

running when it appears to have made

0:34:320:34:35

zero process on reducing these

dangerous driving offences?

A survey

0:34:350:34:40

has been done on all in running

which shows that if anything it may

0:34:400:34:43

be more safe than the previous

arrangements and that is something

0:34:430:34:48

to be welcomed. As regards her

point, we will be looking at that.

0:34:480:34:54

Does he not recognise the

correlation between his government's

0:34:540:35:00

decision to scrap road safety

targets introduced by Labour and the

0:35:000:35:04

failure to reduce the number of

those seriously injured or killed on

0:35:040:35:08

our roads?

I'm a little reluctant to

get into statistics came with the

0:35:080:35:14

honourable gentleman but he will be

aware that road fatalities fell by

0:35:140:35:19

four % last time it was mentioned,

to September 17, and those overall

0:35:190:35:29

road injuries fell by five

percentage of the picture is a mixed

0:35:290:35:32

one and generally heading in the

right direction.

0:35:320:35:39

Thank you, Mr Speaker. On December

2015, the Department for Transport

0:35:390:35:43

published the road safety statement

Working Together To Build A Safer

0:35:430:35:50

Roads System, and it is working

towards its objectives and I am

0:35:500:35:54

pleased to announce specifically

today the department has announced a

0:35:540:35:58

specific study on the third attempt

on our side to understand the

0:35:580:36:04

relationship between tyre

degradation and tyre safety. Two

0:36:040:36:08

other attempts were made to

commissioners research. The guidance

0:36:080:36:12

given has been very effective but

that marks a further move towards

0:36:120:36:15

road safety.

Julian and Jill Smith

in my constituency tragically lost

0:36:150:36:22

their daughter Rhiannon nearly a

year ago in a road collision and are

0:36:220:36:25

now campaigning for better

preventative action. Can I agree

0:36:250:36:29

with my friend and asked that the

Minister looks seriously at cause by

0:36:290:36:34

campaign groups like Break to make

sure the nationwide crash

0:36:340:36:39

investigation Branch is established?

As the honourable lady says, this is

0:36:390:36:47

obviously a tragic incident for the

family concerned and one's heart

0:36:470:36:52

goes out to them. As I said to her

colleague we continued to look

0:36:520:36:57

closely at setting up such a

national body.

In the last 15 years

0:36:570:37:01

there have been 340 casualties on

the notorious A417. That follows 140

0:37:010:37:08

accidents in the last five years

alone. Will my right honourable

0:37:080:37:12

friend join me in warmly welcoming

the landmark we have reached of the

0:37:120:37:16

consultation stage on the short

listed new road schemes, and does he

0:37:160:37:20

agree with me that by backing this

project this government is committed

0:37:200:37:24

to saving lives in Gloucestershire's

roads?

Of course I welcome mat and,

0:37:240:37:30

as he will be aware, it has been the

product of a great deal of hard work

0:37:300:37:36

by local campaigners and the

department over a considerable

0:37:360:37:38

period of time.

With the Minister

consider introducing or reducing the

0:37:380:37:43

drink-drive limit? The reduction in

Northern Ireland and Scotland has

0:37:430:37:49

led to less deaths on the road and

less work for police. It seems the

0:37:490:37:53

most obvious thing to do.

We

continue to keep the situation under

0:37:530:37:58

review and, of course, he will be

aware that there have been moves in

0:37:580:38:03

that direction in Scotland and as

that policy works its way through,

0:38:030:38:06

we will continue to look closely at

the issue.

Number 13.

Thank you, Mr

0:38:060:38:16

Speaker. The department published

its latest statistics on road

0:38:160:38:19

conditions in England. That shows

that local road conditions in

0:38:190:38:22

January of this year... That shows

the local classified roads are

0:38:220:38:30

improving, fewer local roads

continue with maintenance but there

0:38:300:38:31

is much ado, which is why the

government maintains record levels

0:38:310:38:36

Tautai wave maintenance up to 2021

as well as having an action fund to

0:38:360:38:41

counteract potholes totalling £296

million in this Parliament.

I would

0:38:410:38:48

like to thank him for that answer.

He will be aware that a council has

0:38:480:38:56

submitted an effective business case

for the funding of the north-west

0:38:560:38:59

relief road in Shrewsbury which is

the final bit of the circular Road

0:38:590:39:02

around our town. What steps is he

taking to ensure that the scheme is

0:39:020:39:06

looked upon favourably?

I absolutely

aware of that and my honourable

0:39:060:39:12

friend has been a tireless

campaigner for this road over the

0:39:120:39:14

years. I can assure him that we

recognise the concern he indicates.

0:39:140:39:20

The department has received the

funding bid for the Shrewsbury

0:39:200:39:24

Northwest relief road and it is

being actively and currently

0:39:240:39:29

considered.

The Government was

intending to close the driving test

0:39:290:39:33

centre in Pontypridd and move it to

Llantrisant, which will make it far

0:39:330:39:36

more inconvenient for people in the

Rhondda, one of the most floristry

0:39:360:39:42

constituencies in the land, probably

make it more cost-effective for

0:39:420:39:44

people to learn how to drive safely

and will put the driving centre in a

0:39:440:39:48

blaze which doesn't have suitable

roads to be able to do the test

0:39:480:39:51

properly. Will he look again at

closing the Pontypridd driving test

0:39:510:39:55

centre, please?

What is called the

Art of shoehorning in... He did do

0:39:550:40:04

it mostly. We congratulate the

honourable gentleman on his

0:40:040:40:06

ingenuity.

Style is everything in

these matters, one wonders, or

0:40:060:40:13

whether content should have a place.

The answer to that question is that

0:40:130:40:16

we will continue to look at it but I

doubt that it will change.

That is

0:40:160:40:21

shopping! -- shocking.

In the 2016

/17 financial year the department

0:40:210:40:32

spent almost £2.5 million on

supporting the community transport

0:40:320:40:37

sector through the bus service

operators Grant and since January

0:40:370:40:40

2013 it is devote approximately £2.9

billion -- it has devolved

0:40:400:40:50

approximately £2.5 million. The

consultation closes on the 4th of

0:40:500:40:55

May.

I thank him for that answer. He

will know that there is a very real

0:40:550:41:02

threat to the future of some

operators from the changes he is

0:41:020:41:05

consulting on. What more can he do

to protect existing use of permits,

0:41:050:41:10

rather than require what are

generally small local charities to

0:41:100:41:13

go through the full commercial

status?

0:41:130:41:18

I have spent a lot of time working

with the bodies responsible for the

0:41:180:41:25

sector and local transport

organisations and take my hat off to

0:41:250:41:27

the work that they do in the way of

social care and transport can join.

0:41:270:41:36

In the document I'm sure you have

read he will recall that we have

0:41:360:41:39

laid out three potential exemptions

on which we are consulting, showing

0:41:390:41:48

there is no condition in specific

cases in local transport, a

0:41:480:41:53

potential distance exemptions, and

the separation of commercial and

0:41:530:41:59

non-commercial activities. We expect

these to receive comments and

0:41:590:42:07

feedback will stop I understand what

he talked about taking his hat off.

0:42:070:42:20

And I don't understand whether he

would do that in this weather. Many

0:42:200:42:24

operators use diesel vehicles so

what recommendations as the UK

0:42:240:42:28

Government made to the German

government so that the false Lagan

0:42:280:42:31

are held to account.

It is a Rhondda

valet volley Valley by proxy. We

0:42:310:42:43

continue to press the German

government hard on that issue and

0:42:430:42:48

regard the behaviour from Volkswagen

as unacceptable. We are improving

0:42:480:42:51

the emissions regime and toughening

testing regimes and taking active

0:42:510:42:58

steps to penalised.

Number 16. In

the East Midlands 7 billion has been

0:42:580:43:13

sent on transport since 2010. Title

that is improved, reduce congestion

0:43:130:43:19

and transporting people ideas and

goods. In Derbyshire and

0:43:190:43:24

Nottinghamshire this has included

£371 million government for

0:43:240:43:28

extensions to the Nottingham tram

system and 4.5 million for the new

0:43:280:43:33

statesman at Ulverston. Indeed, the

government have a proud record of

0:43:330:43:38

transport infrastructure and we have

seen more transport infrastructure

0:43:380:43:41

in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

planned over these ten years than

0:43:410:43:45

there has been ever undertaken by

the government and I welcome the

0:43:450:43:50

proposals will be a 38 and smart

motorways, and for Derby stations

0:43:500:43:58

and Nottingham stations.

Can I

suggest you my honourable friend we

0:43:580:44:03

look at other products like smaller

projects which will make a vast

0:44:030:44:09

improvement and fully bid for the

Ashbourne bypass. Mark Annable

0:44:090:44:15

friend for Doctor Dale 's has been a

great advocate of transport as a

0:44:150:44:21

previous Mr in the department. He

has investigated a large upgrade. It

0:44:210:44:30

is important to assess the

particular project in Ashbourne and

0:44:300:44:39

if the council applies for

government funding we will consider

0:44:390:44:41

their bid.

He wasn't merely a

minister in the department, but the

0:44:410:44:47

secretary of state, the Right

honourable gentleman of notable

0:44:470:44:52

industry and distinction. Mr Dennis

Skinner. The previous speaker...

0:44:520:45:02

Said a lot of things about the

possibilities of getting extra money

0:45:020:45:05

spent in Derbyshire. What he failed

to do and it is very important is

0:45:050:45:13

that when the electrification of the

Midland line was put forward in the

0:45:130:45:18

house it was decided that it would

only go as far as Kettering and

0:45:180:45:23

Corby. What I am saying to the

honourable minister of transport is

0:45:230:45:32

should it not be the question now of

having the wholesale electrification

0:45:320:45:38

of the Midland line meaning people

in Derbyshire will be better off as

0:45:380:45:44

a result.

I apologise for my earlier

mistake and I apologise to my right

0:45:440:45:51

honourable friend as well resign!

LAUGHTER

0:45:510:46:03

That is not just Right now but I

will consider it in the future. I

0:46:030:46:08

was expecting a HS2 question. Oh

you're saving it? Wonderful. Maybe

0:46:080:46:17

even ignored Jin jobs coming along

the line but is talking about

0:46:170:46:20

electric occasions Labour 2007 rail

strategy said it would not be

0:46:200:46:25

prudent to commit to order thing

products such as network-wide

0:46:250:46:31

notification for which longer-term

benefits are currently uncertain and

0:46:310:46:33

which could delay capacity. It would

deliver for the taxpayer.

2016 and

0:46:330:46:49

2021 will see the use Midlands

received 3.2% of investment. This is

0:46:490:46:58

exacerbated by the electrification

cancellation on mainline. It is

0:46:580:47:00

wanted by the mainline and

communities and the environment and

0:47:000:47:06

why are the ministers the only ones

who don't understand this?

We

0:47:060:47:15

haven't yet fairly put out what we

will be doing in that

0:47:150:47:20

electrification but I would like to

point out that sometimes the

0:47:200:47:23

information is shared isn't

absolutely accurate. The government

0:47:230:47:27

has supported the Midlands and not

just aged this to investing in

0:47:270:47:32

motorways and trunk roads but £24

million to develop and progress

0:47:320:47:40

translational strategies across the

Midlands with Midlands collect. --

0:47:400:47:42

connect.

The honourable members who

missed out on substantive questions

0:47:420:47:47

can seek to catch my eye on topical

questions. Sir Henry Bellingham.

0:47:470:47:52

Secretary of state. The space bill

is now completed through Parliament

0:47:520:47:59

and I would like to extend my thanks

to all involved on both sides on the

0:47:590:48:04

debate and it was a debate conducted

in good humour on both sides of the

0:48:040:48:07

house and we both share the

aspiration of the bill for the

0:48:070:48:11

commercial sector in the UK.

As the

Secretary of State aware that both

0:48:110:48:18

Network Rail and Govia Thameslink

are committed to ensuring that eight

0:48:180:48:23

carriage trains are introduced

between Cambridge and Kingsley by

0:48:230:48:28

the end of the year. It is vital to

reduce congestion and will he make

0:48:280:48:32

sure that the commitment is

honoured? I will certainly do that,

0:48:320:48:37

and also recommit to the

improvements needed in Ely which are

0:48:370:48:41

absolutely essential and unlocking

growth and the element.

Since 1979

0:48:410:48:50

the distinctive yellow and green

minibuses of Ealing community

0:48:500:48:55

transport have provided a vital

lifeline for the disabled and

0:48:550:48:58

elderly of the borough but now

change government guidance threatens

0:48:580:49:04

the very existence of the social

enterprise. A delegation of drivers

0:49:040:49:10

came to see me nearly in tears as

pensioners themselves again I have

0:49:100:49:14

the time or inclination to retrain

for the new license. Will he think

0:49:140:49:19

again?

As she will be aware it is

currently asked to question. As I

0:49:190:49:28

have indicated there are many

workarounds on this is you and there

0:49:280:49:32

are no reasons for any community

transport company to be adverse

0:49:320:49:34

first the worried. There may be some

players operating in a commercial

0:49:340:49:42

wave that that is how the matter

rests and that is what we will do

0:49:420:49:46

shall try to do. It is wonderful

that new technologically superior

0:49:460:49:53

trains are being introduced on

Britain's railways yet many

0:49:530:49:57

passengers are complaining that some

of these trains have seats that are

0:49:570:50:02

cramps and uncomfortable. We don't

want to have Ryanair on the tracks.

0:50:020:50:06

With the Minister do all he can that

the specifications include passenger

0:50:060:50:12

comfort at the heart.

Mr Speaker

train seating is required to address

0:50:120:50:20

both the comfort of passengers and

to conform to relevant design

0:50:200:50:22

standards which include addressing

fire safety and crashworthiness. We

0:50:220:50:30

don't want people to bring in

available questions and my wonderful

0:50:300:50:33

friend will take comfort in the fact

that seeds become comfortable over

0:50:330:50:41

use. It has now been over 800 faces

the government -- data says the

0:50:410:50:52

government promised to research a

law on pavement parking. Can we

0:50:520:50:56

update this? We will update later in

the spring.

Last weekend, completely

0:50:560:51:03

unrelated to the current weather,

there were dangerous scenes and this

0:51:030:51:11

might be be extremely good

investment programme that is going

0:51:110:51:13

on but what has the Minister to say

on these? Clearly what took place

0:51:130:51:23

last Sunday was unacceptable and on

behalf often I apologise and we have

0:51:230:51:27

made our views known to the company

in the strongest possible terms. The

0:51:270:51:33

companies is putting arrangements in

place to compensate.

Last Friday I

0:51:330:51:43

arranged a site meeting between

Network Rail at the YMCA south

0:51:430:51:46

London to talk about an abandoned

strip of land owned by Network Rail

0:51:460:51:53

in Mitch and the hope that the YMCA

good provide great free have --

0:51:530:51:59

pre-arranged housing on that land

for young people. How can we

0:51:590:52:04

encourage the Network Rail to use

all those scraps of land to the

0:52:040:52:07

benefit of everyone?

I would happily

meet her with the honourable lady to

0:52:070:52:12

discuss this issue to make sure that

we use all of the opportunities the

0:52:120:52:19

Network Rail has two bit scraps of

lands to good use whether they are

0:52:190:52:22

for housing or walkway or psyching

purposes and I will happily meet

0:52:220:52:28

with her to discuss that. What is

the Department doing to help more

0:52:280:52:35

people cycle safely as happens in

cities like Amsterdam and

0:52:350:52:38

Copenhagen, especially given the

startling revelation to the joint

0:52:380:52:42

air quality select committee by

Professor Stephen Holgate that

0:52:420:52:47

drivers and passengers are inhaling

up to ten times more poor air

0:52:470:52:51

quality than cyclists and

pedestrians on the street?

Well, the

0:52:510:52:57

answer to that question is a great

deal and with more to come. I was

0:52:570:53:01

very pleased to be able to meet and

go to the APPG which he chairs

0:53:010:53:09

meeting with Chris Boardman and an

excellent example of individual

0:53:090:53:15

initiative in Manchester can drive

great change. We have a cycle safety

0:53:150:53:18

review coming up looking at a very

wide range of issues relating to

0:53:180:53:22

cycling including some impacts and

some of the recent information and

0:53:220:53:27

as he says it is good for the body

and soul of people who do it.

Thank

0:53:270:53:35

you Mr Speaker. Cheshire Oaks in my

constituency is a great success

0:53:350:53:40

story in increased investment in 300

jobs there but if you live another

0:53:400:53:44

part of the constituency there are

no buses go to there. This is a

0:53:440:53:52

sorry state of affairs, people

should be able to get into work.

Bus

0:53:520:53:55

services and frequencies, what

journeys people take and how

0:53:550:54:02

frequently those services are run, I

would urge him to discuss this with

0:54:020:54:06

local authorities instead who should

be discussing this or taking it

0:54:060:54:09

forward with the local bus service

providers.

I am extremely grateful

0:54:090:54:15

for the secretary of state recently

visiting my constituency of

0:54:150:54:19

Stoke-on-Trent South and I was

pleased to give him the

0:54:190:54:23

Stoke-on-Trent HS2 supply. Could my

honourable friend updates in the

0:54:230:54:30

house on the plans for a jest and

Stoke-on-Trent? I want to put it on

0:54:300:54:36

record to put Stoke in receipt of a

service when double opens.

The local

0:54:360:54:46

authority as planned big things for

the station and I want to work with

0:54:460:54:51

him and the local authority to take

forward.

The western side of the 60

0:54:510:54:59

is upgrading to smart motorways, it

has in gridlock and horror for the

0:54:590:55:07

traffic on a daily basis and even

now we still see the 50 limit but

0:55:070:55:11

moved. When will we see progress on

this most of the network?

I know

0:55:110:55:16

they are taking longer than intended

and we want to get this resolved as

0:55:160:55:21

possible. It is only because as

someone who travels from time to

0:55:210:55:25

time to Old Trafford that the area

is surrounded by roadworks on the

0:55:250:55:28

motorway and with the new extension

of the metrolink but I will hope

0:55:280:55:32

that he sees that the government is

since the process of resource saying

0:55:320:55:39

magister and the greater magister

area.

He will know from our previous

0:55:390:55:43

conversations that people have

waited too long to see improvements

0:55:430:55:48

on the rail link in Plymouth. When

can the people of Plymouth sees

0:55:480:55:54

something delivered? Some work

complete, an Dawlish, which is his

0:55:540:55:58

number one responsibility.

0:55:580:56:05

Protecting the line at Dawlish is a

national priority of utmost

0:56:050:56:08

importance and I am determined to

find a permanent solution for this

0:56:080:56:13

vital connection. £15 million

funding has been provided to Network

0:56:130:56:17

Rail to take this forward and

planning and development work is

0:56:170:56:19

well under way to talk there will be

no unnecessary delay and we will

0:56:190:56:23

complete this work as soon as we can

within the law.

Very good to see the

0:56:230:56:27

honourable gentleman the Member for

Hove back in his place.

There is one

0:56:270:56:31

set of tracks and one rail link

between London and Brighton but

0:56:310:56:38

there are three separate pricing

strategies. Can I urge the Secretary

0:56:380:56:47

of State to introduce the lower one,

which could be done without

0:56:470:56:52

technical changes whatsoever and

have a transformative impact on

0:56:520:56:55

passengers who have suffered so much

in the last few years?

We are

0:56:550:57:00

working our way through the

recommendations of the Gibb report

0:57:000:57:04

and firstly the automation of

ticketing, which are because a

0:57:040:57:07

prerequisite of broad affairs reform

which is necessary. He will be aware

0:57:070:57:12

that a smart card has launched

across the network.

During the

0:57:120:57:21

recent appalling weather,

Worcestershire County Council has

0:57:210:57:23

been sharing information about where

the nearest... Will the Secretary of

0:57:230:57:29

State join me in praising them for

helping residents with the appalling

0:57:290:57:36

conditions?

I absolutely praise them

and I'm delighted we have ample

0:57:360:57:39

stocks of snow on hand to do with

the current inconveniences. Let me

0:57:390:57:45

say that not least of the joys of

this particular scheme and approach

0:57:450:57:48

is that it opens the way to

Herefordshire, a place that I know

0:57:480:57:52

the House will wish to visit on

regular occasions.

The Secretary of

0:57:520:57:57

State will be aware that no money

was spent in CP five period in

0:57:570:58:04

support enhancements to the rail

infrastructure in North Wales.

0:58:040:58:07

Having seen the unanimity from North

Wales and north-west England on

0:58:070:58:10

Monday of this week, does he not

accept that our time has come in

0:58:100:58:16

terms of cross-border rail

investment?

I would like to praise

0:58:160:58:22

my right honourable friend for the

work he has done for bringing it

0:58:220:58:28

together and to thank the members

from North Wales who attended. I

0:58:280:58:32

gave a clear indication of the

government's sympathy around the

0:58:320:58:36

need for the hub in Crewe and the

resembling that will take place that

0:58:360:58:44

will improve the performance and we

are carrying out a study about how

0:58:440:58:48

we deliver a proper service. Under

this government the time has come

0:58:480:58:55

for proper investment. Can the

Minister assure me that in assessing

0:58:550:59:03

the feedback from his current

consultation his number one

0:59:030:59:06

objective will be to put the future

of organisations on a long-term

0:59:060:59:13

financial footing?

I can absolutely

assure him that book goal has always

0:59:130:59:22

been to do that to the benefit of

the transport sector.

Arrest and his

0:59:220:59:30

predecessor have been supportive of

my safety campaign and a hashtag

0:59:300:59:35

campaign following us tragic death

in 2014. Would he agree with me that

0:59:350:59:41

the hallways permits and trailer

registration bill offers a fantastic

0:59:410:59:46

opportunity to highlight the

importance trailer safety?

I

0:59:460:59:50

absolutely recognise the campaign

she has fought and I think it is

0:59:500:59:53

very worthwhile. I slightly doubt

whether it is in fact the case

0:59:530:59:59

that... An attempt will be made

within the rules but this is a very

0:59:591:00:02

narrowly defined piece of

legislation that focuses very

1:00:021:00:06

specifically on permit thing and

trailer registration server may not

1:00:061:00:09

be scope to add other things but I

would be delighted to talk to her

1:00:091:00:13

about the campaign.

The need for a

boost to West Oxfordshire transport

1:00:131:00:22

is now a cute. Wilderness to agree

to make it happen?

The A40 is one of

1:00:221:00:29

the roads that could potentially

benefit from a major road network.

1:00:291:00:35

They will deal with this

second-tier... But will fall through

1:00:351:00:40

the cracks between local

authorities... My expectation is

1:00:401:00:47

that he and his local authority will

be beating a path to my door when

1:00:471:00:52

the funding is first released. But I

would say that the railway line is

1:00:521:00:55

getting new trains much sooner than

that, which I hope will be of

1:00:551:00:59

benefit to his constituents.

Ministers say they want to reduce

1:00:591:01:05

roadside emissions so will he listen

to calls for investment in rail

1:01:051:01:16

freight as an answer to a problem?

This is precisely why I have very

1:01:161:01:23

pleased to have started work on the

Skipton railway line tit of this

1:01:231:01:29

could provide a rail link across the

Pennines. Is a matter of frustration

1:01:291:01:33

that it takes eight to nine hours

for a freight train to go from the

1:01:331:01:38

port of Liverpool to the freight

train at Drax. This is one route

1:01:381:01:42

that could deliver improvements and

I am looking forward to the end of

1:01:421:01:45

the year.

1:01:451:01:47

This week of all weeks rail

passengers want up-to-date

1:01:501:01:53

information about delays and

cancellations. South-eastern trains'

1:01:531:01:58

website has failed to provide any

line time updates in any single hour

1:01:581:02:04

of this week, today included. Will

he bear that in mind when the

1:02:041:02:07

franchise comes up for renewal?

Here

a powerful champion for his

1:02:071:02:15

constituents and is right to expect

that the company provides prompt and

1:02:151:02:19

accurate and timely information so

that passengers can have the journey

1:02:191:02:22

quality they deserve.

My constituent

Jim Irving who was active all his

1:02:221:02:30

life now suffers with motor neurone

disease and, like many, relies on

1:02:301:02:35

his mobility scooter for

independence. Scooters are currently

1:02:351:02:38

banned from the Tyne & Wear Metro.

What will the Secretary of State do

1:02:381:02:43

to remedy this and will he give

assurances that our new promised

1:02:431:02:46

rolling stock will improve provision

for scooters?

As she will rightly

1:02:461:02:52

know it is absolutely time that we

improve the rolling stock on Metro.

1:02:521:03:04

It is a decision that will be taken

locally about the configurations but

1:03:041:03:07

I expect this money to be spent on

disability with compliant rolling

1:03:071:03:15

stock to talk

Could he give an

update on the progress of

1:03:151:03:19

negotiations regarding air

connections with the EU after we

1:03:191:03:21

leave next March?

The European

commission has published its

1:03:211:03:30

negotiating position for aviation

links to drop it is worth saying

1:03:301:03:33

there have been a lot of scare

stories around over last few months.

1:03:331:03:38

The commission says that in all

circumstances, whether or not we

1:03:381:03:41

have a trade or implementation

period, there has to be a

1:03:411:03:45

negotiation agreements so the

recommendation on side that the

1:03:451:03:47

flights need to come continue, and

I'm at my Spanish counterpart

1:03:471:03:55

yesterday and we both agreed it is a

sense of authorised to continue and

1:03:551:03:57

we will ensure there is no

disruption.

Does the Secretary of

1:03:571:04:02

State understand the severe

disappointment and anger from the

1:04:021:04:05

far south-west about the rail

strategy published yesterday and now

1:04:051:04:08

do the right thing, instead of

spinning the 15 million already

1:04:081:04:13

announced, much Labour's two by 5

billion investment from the

1:04:131:04:16

south-west?

I am not going to take

lessons from a party that did

1:04:161:04:22

nothing for transport and the

south-west over a long period. This

1:04:221:04:26

government is doing things that

Labour never did. Brand-new trains,

1:04:261:04:33

new signals in Cornwall to ensure we

can have new services.

We have run

1:04:331:04:37

out of time and had some very

competence of answers, for which we

1:04:371:04:41

are grateful, but I'm going to take

only two more if they are very short

1:04:411:04:44

questions and answers.

Will the

Minister please look into the

1:04:441:04:51

concerns that the flyover and tunnel

at Stonehenge will damage the

1:04:511:04:54

valuable archaeological site at

Brook Mead?

He will be interested to

1:04:541:04:58

know that I actually sent a message

of welcome to the team that is

1:04:581:05:03

looking at Stonehenge of the moment

and we will look at the concerns he

1:05:031:05:08

has and he is welcome to write to me

with further details.

When is the

1:05:081:05:13

government going to catch up with

the rest of the world and take the

1:05:131:05:15

opportunity of the quick, easy,

cost-effective way of reducing

1:05:151:05:19

transport emissions by introducing E

ten?

We have something under review

1:05:191:05:27

at the moment it would

1:05:271:05:31

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