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Upcoming Business – Commons: Select Committee (22 Jan 2018)

Transport: Rail electrification. 4:45 pm; The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Witnesses: Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport, Department for Transport

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Private Sector Rail Investment (18 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: The private sector has generated almost £6 billion of private investment over the past decade, providing new trains, upgrading stations and transforming the passenger experience.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Private Sector Rail Investment (18 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: I want to see both. We have just announced the biggest investment programme in our railways—over the period 2019 to 2024—since the steam age, including £20 billion of renewals. That is crucial: one of the reasons why we talk at Question Time about train delays is that the infrastructure in many places desperately needs renewal, which is why we are spending £20 billion on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Private Sector Rail Investment (18 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: I have just received the proposals from Network Rail, and we are now reviewing them. My aim is to start this £3 billion upgrade within a matter of months. The project is due to really get under way next year. We are looking at all the different options but, as I have said, electrification will be part of the programme.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Private Sector Rail Investment (18 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: I absolutely agree with my right hon. Friend. I do not understand the policy adopted by the Labour party. We are now seeing the construction of thousands of new carriages funded by the private sector, and we are getting rid of some of the legacy trains from the days of British Rail that were not up to scratch in those days and are certainly not up to scratch now. That is because private money...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Private Sector Rail Investment (18 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: The answer to that is clearly yes, because every single train in the north of England is being replaced or refurbished as new. All the old Pacer trains are going, and we are about to start the trans-Pennine upgrade, which will account for one third of the total funding available for enhancement on the railway between 2019 and 2024. That is a large investment programme that will make a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Private Sector Rail Investment (18 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: My right hon. Friend will be relieved to know that the demise of Carillion, a tragic event for this country and for corporate Britain, will none the less not affect the HS2 project. The existing contract is part of a three-company consortium, and the other two companies, Kier and Eiffage, are taking over responsibility for the project. The apprenticeships are being transferred, the staff are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Private Sector Rail Investment (18 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: I do not accept that at all. The hon. Gentleman referred specifically to the HS2 contract. At the time, I reviewed those carrying out the contracting very carefully, and I have carried out due diligence since. As I said a moment ago, the HS2 project will not be affected by this, even to the point, I am pleased to say, that the apprentices working with Carillion on the project are being...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Private Sector Rail Investment (18 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: The only station that I am going to be leaving is Euston station for a visit to the midlands this morning. There has been no £2 billion bail-out of Virgin Trains East Coast. The contracting with Carillion was actually not with Carillion, but with a consortium of companies that are equally responsible for delivering the contract and will do so. I am happy to stand here to defend the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Funding: South-west (18 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: Figures for transport spend in the south-west show a significant increase—part of a pattern, Mr Speaker—totalling £1.7 billion in 2016-17 alone. That spend is helping to deliver a package of investment worth over £2 billion on the strategic road network in the south-west, as well as investing more than £400 million into the rail network.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Funding: South-west (18 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: This is an important matter. The A303 and the A358 are a crucial part of our investment programme in the west country, and they will open up a new corridor for people travelling down to the south-west, but they do have to work for my hon. Friend’s constituents and others in the region, particularly for the new employment area next to the motorway in her constituency. I assure her that I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Funding: South-west (18 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: I am aware of the particular congestion problems on the CrossCountry franchise. We will be re-letting the franchise shortly, and I want to see longer trains with more capacity for passengers. All of us who travel on CrossCountry trains from time to time know that they are too short for the loads they carry, and we need to find a way of sorting that out.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Funding: South-west (18 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: I do agree. This is a question, as it is across the country, of ensuring that we have longer trains for the future. That is central to our strategy and is what the private sector is delivering for our railways, and it needs to happen on CrossCountry trains as well.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Funding: South-west (18 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: The important thing about Cardiff Central station is that there is huge development taking place around the station. I have met the developers and local politicians, and I want to see there what I want in other parts of the rail network, which is a real integration of station development with commercial development. That should be an absolutely integral part of what is happening all around...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Southern Rail: Passenger Compensation (18 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: My hon. Friend knows full well that I absolutely understand the difficulties that his constituents have faced. I hope he will accept that performance has improved over the past year, since the height of industrial action. We have had compensation arrangements in place, including the special compensation for past disruption, which saw £13.6 million paid to 58,000 passengers. We have also...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Southern Rail: Passenger Compensation (18 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: As I said, additional compensation measures are in place now. The issues that network currently faces are all to do with the condition of the infrastructure. My hon. Friend will know that we have just announced two major closures to allow upgrade works to take place, and there is a substantial ongoing programme of investment in that route, which I hope will make a significant difference.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Southern Rail: Passenger Compensation (18 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: I cannot promise—I wish I could—no change and no disruption as a result of major investment programmes. The hon. Gentleman will know that the combination of the upgrade to the midland main line and the Thameslink programme must mean, for an interim period, changes to services. There will in fact be more seats from Bedford in peak hours. Of course, many of the east midlands trains...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: CAA: Pilot Health Requirements (18 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: The Civil Aviation Authority keeps such matters under constant review and has today announced that it will be issuing class 1 medical certificates with a restriction to applicants wishing to become commercial pilots where this is required for safety purposes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: CAA: Pilot Health Requirements (18 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: To reassure the hon. Gentleman, my answer means that today the rules are being changed, and while I cannot give a certain outcome to an individual case, people who suffer from conditions that have made it difficult for them to become commercial pilots will find it easier to become commercial pilots, as the CAA takes—I think—a more sensible approach to this matter.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (18 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: I echo the comments of the hon. Member for Nottingham South (Lilian Greenwood) about the emergency services’ response last week. I pay tribute to all those who carried out works across the rail network over Christmas, giving up their Christmas holiday period for the investment programme. I am proud to be from a party of opportunity. We are a party of opportunity that provided this...


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