Results 1–20 of 9184 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Chris Grayling

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Points of Order (19 Apr 2018)

Chris Grayling: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. It is self-evident that last January, when we discussed these issues, the trains that will run on the midland main line had not been ordered and therefore did not exist. As things stand today—as things stood last summer and last April—there are already 120 mph-plus bi-mode trains operating on the great western main line. I have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: West Coast Main Line (19 Apr 2018)

Chris Grayling: As my hon. Friend knows, once High Speed 2 comes into operation it will move the express trains off the existing west coast main line and on to the new route. That will provide a great opportunity to improve services to intermediate stops such as Lichfield that do not have a good enough service at the moment.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: West Coast Main Line (19 Apr 2018)

Chris Grayling: The Pendolinos have many years to go, and I have no doubt that they will be replaced by a high-quality fast train in the future. My hon. Friend will have stood on the platform at Lichfield station and seen trains to Liverpool, Manchester and Scotland zooming past at high speed. The new plans will provide an opportunity for more trains to stop at Lichfield.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: West Coast Main Line (19 Apr 2018)

Chris Grayling: Absolutely, which is why I have already announced that the £2.9 billion upgrade of the trans-Pennine line will begin this time next year, as the start of a transformation that is vital to the north. In the coming months we will also see the arrival of the first of a complete new set of trains across the north of England that will transform passengers’ experience.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: West Coast Main Line (19 Apr 2018)

Chris Grayling: The new classic-compatible trains and the arrival of HS2 up to the north-west of England will of course mean more speedy journey times to Scotland. I know the hon. Gentleman’s party’s view. We want to see further improvements through the 2020s to the west coast main line north of Crewe to ensure that we improve journey times. We want the best possible journey times across the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Aircraft Noise: Heathrow (19 Apr 2018)

Chris Grayling: The Government set noise controls at Heathrow airport, including total noise limits and aircraft movement limits for night flights. These controls, in conjunction with stricter aircraft noise standards negotiated by the UK at the international level, have resulted in a long-term reduction in the number of people affected by aircraft noise near the airport.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Aircraft Noise: Heathrow (19 Apr 2018)

Chris Grayling: I have been in the hon. Lady’s constituency on many occasions and heard the noise there, and I am very pleased that, over the last 20 years, we have seen a steady reduction in aircraft noise. That is expected to continue as a new generation of aircraft appear in greater numbers. The projections show that, as we enter the 2030s with that change in aircraft fleet, we do not expect an...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Aircraft Noise: Heathrow (19 Apr 2018)

Chris Grayling: Before the aviation national policy statement is brought to the House, it will be updated off the back of work done by the Transport Committee and the public consultations that have taken place—it will be a refreshed document when it comes before the House. The impact of noise on residents around Heathrow depends on an assessment of the rate of arrival of that new generation of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Aircraft Noise: Heathrow (19 Apr 2018)

Chris Grayling: Western rail access to Heathrow is part of our plans for control period 6, and I expect construction to start between 2019 and 2024. The hon. Gentleman will be aware that I recently invited the private sector to bring forward proposals for southern access as well, as part of a land and surface access package that will bring substantial increases to the capacity of rail links to Heathrow airport.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Aircraft Noise: Heathrow (19 Apr 2018)

Chris Grayling: They can be, and the point I did not make in my response to the hon. Member for Brentford and Isleworth (Ruth Cadbury) and my hon. Friend the Member for Windsor (Adam Afriyie) is that we are in the process of modernising the use of airspace in this country. I hope and believe that that will allow us to manage much more carefully respite for airports, and flight paths into and out of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Aviation Industry (19 Apr 2018)

Chris Grayling: I meet my right hon. Friends and Cabinet colleagues on a regular basis to discuss the UK’s exit from the EU. Ministers and officials across Departments are working closely to consider carefully the implications for the aviation sector after we leave the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Aviation Industry (19 Apr 2018)

Chris Grayling: The hon. Lady should not believe everything she reads in the papers. The discussions taking place between my Department and our counterparts in the United States have been cordial and have been going well. There are no issues that would act as an impediment towards a sensible post-Brexit agreement between the two countries.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Aviation Industry (19 Apr 2018)

Chris Grayling: Clearly, airline ownership is more complex as part of the European Union than it was in the pre-EU days, but nobody is seriously suggesting that we are not going to continue with the same kind of transatlantic partnerships we have at the moment. British Airways and American Airlines, for example, operate in lockstep with each other. We will progress in due time towards a sensible agreement...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Aviation Industry (19 Apr 2018)

Chris Grayling: That is not accurate at all, as the hon. Gentleman will find if he listens to the chief executives of the International Airlines Group, EasyJet or a number of other airlines. I have had no airline, bar one, come to my desk and suggest that they are concerned about the situation. I think we know which the one is, and no other airline believes there is any likelihood of any impediment to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Aviation Industry (19 Apr 2018)

Chris Grayling: The Civil Aviation Authority is making all preparations necessary if it needs to return to operating as a body in the form that it used to be in. However, it is the Government’s policy and our intent to remain part of EASA. There is no reason not to: countries inside and outside the European Union are part of it, and we supply a substantial proportion of its expertise. The leadership of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Great Western Main Line: Electrification (19 Apr 2018)

Chris Grayling: The Prime Minister and I discussed Cardiff to Swansea at the time, and reached the view that spending hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money and causing massive disruption to passengers to enable the same trains to travel on the same route at the same speed to the same timetable as they do today was not actually a sensible thing to do.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Great Western Main Line: Electrification (19 Apr 2018)

Chris Grayling: We made the decisions about electrification on the midland main line and the line between Cardiff and Swansea on the simple basis that spending hundreds of millions or billions of pounds to achieve the same journey times in the same trains was not sensible. The trains on the Great Western route are already in operation, delivering services to people in Swansea, for whom it is a great and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Great Western Main Line: Electrification (19 Apr 2018)

Chris Grayling: Let us be clear. I stand by every word that I said then. We will deliver smart new trains and improved journey times for passengers on the midland main line, as we are currently doing and will continue to do on the Great Western main line, and as we will do on the east coast main line and the transpennine route. [Interruption.] As I have said, we will also deliver new trains providing better...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (19 Apr 2018)

Chris Grayling: We spend a lot of time talking about planes, trains and automobiles in these sessions, but we do not spend much time talking about ships. I want to pay tribute to all those involved in the talks that took place in London last week, particularly those from my Department. They paved the way for an historic agreement in the maritime sector on cutting carbon emissions from shipping. It is a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (19 Apr 2018)

Chris Grayling: I know that we have particular issues with some of the properties in Long Eaton, particularly the railway cottages. I have worked and will continue to work closely with my hon. Friend to ensure that HS2 does the right thing by those people.


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