Results 61–80 of 2682 for speaker:George Freeman

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: North West (3 Feb 2020)

George Freeman: The bus market outside London is deregulated and decisions regarding service provision are primarily a commercial matter for bus operators. The Bus Services Act 2017 provides the tools local authorities need to improve local bus services and increase passenger numbers. The Government wants to see a long term, sustained improvement in bus services. On 30 September last year, the Government...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Scotland (31 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: The UK Government recognises the social and economic importance of improving connectivity across all parts of the UK. Whilst responsibility for transport infrastructure in Scotland lies with the Scottish Government, where there are areas of cross-border interest, my ministerial colleagues and I remain keen to collaborate with our Scottish counterparts. For example, the Dundee PSO study on...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Roads: Lincolnshire (31 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: The Department holds information on personal injury accidents only and the latest available statistics on road safety are for the calendar year 2018. 2019 statistics will be available in September 2020. Reported road accidents with a personal injury on the A1, Lincolnshire, 2015-2018 Year Number of road accidents 2015 49 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (30 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: The Government’s response to the Task and Finish Group report on taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) licensing, set out its commitment to taking action where needed, to ensure a safe and well-functioning taxi and PHV sector, meets the needs and expectations of its passengers. This is still the Government’s position. We will shortly be issuing Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Standards.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport (30 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: The Government is committed to supporting places across the country to level up powers and funding to deliver improved public transport. Through devolution deals, eight ‘Metro’ mayoralties have now been established and the Government is committed to levelling-up places and striking deals with more places. The Government will be publishing an English Devolution White Paper as a key part...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Electric vehicles (30 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: We are considering this closely and recognise that people want to take advantage of the opportunities that personal vehicles, such as electric scooters, can offer. The Department for Transport is committed to encouraging innovation in transport as well as improving road safety, but new modes of transport must be safe and secure by design. The Future of Mobility: Urban Strategy, published on...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: North East (30 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: The Government is committed to improving transport infrastructure across the North and is investing £13bn to 2020, including £337m towards the replacement of Tyne and Wear Metro rolling stock and £7.7m towards the £10.4m cost of the new station at Horden. The Transforming Cities Fund is also providing £2.5 billion investment to drive up productivity and improve access to good jobs....

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Roads: Standards (30 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: Through the first Road Investment Strategy, the Government has invested £17.6 billion in England’s Strategic Road Network since 2015. We intend to make £28.8 billion from the National Roads Fund available for our most strategically important roads over the next five years from 1 April 2020. In addition, we are providing funding to local highway authorities to support maintenance of their...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Planning Permission (30 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: The Department works closely with MHCLG on planning policy related to transport for new housing, but we need to go further to ensure better integration at all scales. The National Planning Policy Framework ensures sustainable transport issues are included at the beginning of housing planning and decision making and a projected £2.4bn will be invested over this parliament to support local...

Transport: Oxford-Cambridge Expressway (30 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: The Government are completely committed to the east-west innovation corridor, the arc, and the Varsity line—one of the most exciting pieces of corridor infrastructure in the country. We are committed to the rail link, and, as my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has announced, we are looking closely at the business and sustainability case of the expressway.

Transport: Oxford-Cambridge Expressway (30 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: I am delighted to say that we are listening to all the representations that we have received. There will be an announcement coming very shortly. Let me reiterate that this is about our commitment to sustainable and integrated public transport with housing. That corridor is a vital housing and growth corridor and we want to make sure that it is sustainable transport that works for the benefit...

Transport: Oxford-Cambridge Expressway (30 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: At a stretch, Mr Speaker, I think that Buckinghamshire touches the east-west corridor. I would be delighted to meet my hon. Friend to look at a place-based solution for sustainable housing and transport.

Transport: Oxford-Cambridge Expressway (30 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: The hon. Gentleman is bowling outside my off stump, but he knows that we are deeply committed to rail, to connectivity, and to sustainable transport. I cannot pre-empt the Secretary of State’s announcement on the expressway, but let me be very clear: we are committed to sustainable integration of housing with public transport, and that rail link is an absolute priority.

Transport: Oxford-Cambridge Expressway (30 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: I am delighted to give an assurance that, were the expressway to be cancelled, we would absolutely recognise that significant investment in other and even more important road links in that corridor would be needed.

Transport: Foot and Bicycle Journeys (30 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: As the Minister for the future of transport, I am committed both to creating a framework for UK leadership in transport technology and innovation and to bolder measures for place-based cleaner, greener and healthier transport and decarbonisation. I am delighted that, as a result of the £2 billion that we invested during the previous Parliament, we have seen a 13% increase in cycling and...

Transport: Foot and Bicycle Journeys (30 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: As the new Minister for the decarbonisation of transport, I can say that the Government are absolutely committed to this, and we have a cycling Prime Minister who is committed to it. We have announced £350 million for cycling infrastructure. As I have said, we are completely committed over this Parliament to doubling the number of people cycling and walking.[Official Report, 10 February...

Transport: Foot and Bicycle Journeys (30 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: Right now—we already are addressing it. We are quite a long way from Denmark in all respects, but we are completely committed to this. It is true that for decades this country has not put cycling and walking at the heart of housing development—that was as true under the Labour Government as it has been over the past 40 years. We are committed to it, through the work we are doing with the...

Transport: Foot and Bicycle Journeys (30 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: My hon. Friend is a brilliant advocate for Ynys Môn. I can confirm that commitment, and she is right that it will have a big impact on cycling and walking.

Transport: Foot and Bicycle Journeys (30 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: Again, I seem to be a purveyor of good news. My hon. Friend will be delighted to know that as part of our innovation strategy we will shortly be announcing that we want to test scooters as part of a mixed economy for sustainable transport.

Transport: Topical Questions (30 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: I commend my hon. Friend on that point and his “Island Manifesto”, in which he makes that point. We are working with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to ensure that we move the dial on much better integration of cycling, walking and public transport in new housing.


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