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NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: May I begin with the one thing on which we agree this afternoon? I thank the hon. Member for Middlesbrough (Andy McDonald) for his generous comments about my right hon. Friend the Member for South Holland and The Deepings (Mr Hayes), who has been a great servant of my Department and other Departments for a very long period. He has been on the Front Bench for 19 years, in government and in...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: I will make some progress, then take interventions. I shall also set out why the Opposition’s policies make no sense for the travelling public and why their pronouncements on the east coast main line are wrong. I shall also explain why it is this Government who have set about the task of modernising and upgrading our railways—the biggest programme of investment since the steam...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: I will make some progress, then take a few interventions. I do not like to see train fares rise. I particularly did not like, as a rail user of some 35 years, to see fares rise by nearly 20% in real terms during Labour’s years in office. I did not like, in those years, to see fares rise in cash terms by an average of 67%, so I am relieved that we have been able to limit the real...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: I make no apologies for the huge investment programme in the Thameslink network, the massive expansion of London Bridge station, which has just been completed and the introduction of brand-new 12-coach trains across the network. What I do apologise for is that we were not able to avoid the extraordinarily ill-judged actions of the trade unions, which caused massive trouble for passengers. The...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: The hon. Gentleman is bankrolled by the people who are inappropriately disrupting parts of the network and are politically driven. They disrupt the lives of passengers for political purposes. The Labour party should disown the unions and their current action. The hon. Gentleman’s conduct on this is not acceptable,

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: Madam Deputy Speaker, I think it is unacceptable to defend inappropriate strike action around the country by people who should not disrupt the lives of passengers. I wait with interest to hear any Labour Member say that the strikes are wrong. Sadly, I have not heard that for 18 months. I am waiting patiently. [Interruption.] The hon. Member for Middlesbrough says from a sedentary position...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: Driver-only trains have been operating in this country for 30 years. The ASLEF union recently reached a perfectly sensible agreement with GTR about the development of new train technologies. Yet today the RMT is striking on South Western Railway, even though that company has said that it does not plan to take the second person off the train. That is an absurd position. Of course, the hon....

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: I have been Secretary of State for 18 months. Let us be clear what I have done. There are a number of problems on the network—I have never made any attempts to hide that. The infrastructure is not good enough, which is why we have launched an immediate £300 million programme to upgrade some of the areas of the network that are failing too often and why we have changed ways of...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: The biggest problem is that we have not had enough new trains or enough investment. That is why it is right and proper that this Government are spending more than any since the steam age on improving the infrastructure, and why new trains are being introduced right across the country. There are new trains on the Great Western routes, on the east coast main line and in the north. Every single...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right; it is a completely pointless strike. This is what frustrates me. I normally have a good relationship with the shadow Secretary of State, but it frustrates me that he will not stand up and say to the unions, “Why will you not stop this action?” We have been very clear that on South Western Railway, the second member of staff is staying on...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: I will take two more interventions, and then I will make some progress.

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: I cannot give the exact numbers, but we are investing tens of billions of pounds in the railways over the period that my right hon. Friend mentioned. Crucially, the private sector that the Labour party seems to dislike so much is investing billions of pounds in those new trains. The new trains that are arriving in all parts of the network right now are being funded not by the Government, but...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: I will take one more intervention and then make some progress.

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: In this country, under Governments of both persuasions, we have taken decisions about the right balance between the cost of the railways being borne by those who use the railways and those who do not. Yes, the hon. Gentleman may be quoting walk -up fares, but he can go and buy an advance ticket for the east coast route at a fraction of the cost that he described.

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: I am going to make some progress now, I am afraid, because the shadow Secretary of State asked a variety of questions about the east coast main line and I want to respond. The reality is that sometimes the private companies get it wrong. The situation on the east coast franchise is a clear example. Virgin and Stagecoach overbid, and they are paying, and will pay, the price. I...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: No—forgive me, but I am going to explain this in detail. Passenger numbers are rising on this railway; customer satisfaction is up; and the line is generating a healthy and growing operating surplus that is providing a much greater return to the taxpayer than when it was in the public sector. It is also worth saying that it is running more services and employing more staff. The money...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: I am going to finish this point, and then I will take the hon. Gentleman’s intervention, if that is okay. That is a huge sum of money for a British business with a market capitalisation of under £1 billion pounds. It is also one of the biggest bonds of its kind ever provided in the rail industry. But despite Labour’s claims, this is not a bail-out. There is no viable legal...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: As I have just said, we are currently not convinced that the franchise will make it as far as 2020, so we will put in place alternative arrangements. The hon. Gentleman was clearly not listening to what I was saying. However, this railway will continue to deliver a substantial operating surplus—a premium to the taxpayer—whatever the situation. Whatever happens, this railway will...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: The hon. Gentleman has not understood the finances of the rail industry. The money that the taxpayer receives from the operating profit—the taxpayer receives the lion’s share—will continue to flow into the public coffers whatever happens. The contract that was let between Virgin-Stagecoach and the Government will be fully enforced—I repeat, it will be fully...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Chris Grayling: That is simply untrue. The re-letting of the Wales and the borders franchise is being handled entirely by the Welsh Government. The interesting question is whether they are actually going to be able to deliver on their promises to electrify the Cardiff valley lines, the infrastructure of which I have given them as well. They have been given the opportunity to create an integrated metro...


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