Results 101–120 of 2684 for speaker:George Freeman

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bridges and Tunnels: Northern Ireland (24 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: A feasibility study has not currently been commissioned. However, as you would expect, government regularly commissions work to examine the feasibility of potential projects, so that position is subject to regular review.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Pedestrian Areas: Parking (24 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: The Department will set out its position when it responds to the Transport Select Committee report on pavement parking once a new committee has been formed.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (24 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: Section 17 of the Bus Services Act 2017 provides powers for the secretary of state to require the provision of audible and visible information on board local bus services throughout Great Britain. In exercising their powers the Secretary of State must consult with both Scottish and Welsh Ministers. Officials engaged with their Scottish and Welsh counterparts during the development of the...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (24 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: In Summer 2018 the Government published a public consultation on proposals to require the provision of accessible on-board information on local bus services throughout Great Britain. We are currently finalizing our response to the consultation and expect to announce our next steps regarding the making of Regulations and publication of guidance later in the year.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: A14 (24 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: Development work for improvements to the A14/A12 Copdock Interchange is being supported with funding from the Port Infrastructure Fund, as announced in September 2019. The Department is considering proposals for other enhancements on this stretch of the A14 as part of the second Road Investment Strategy, which is expected to be announced shortly.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: A14: Bridges (24 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: Highways England has no current plans to improve wind shielding on the Orwell Bridge. Any introduction of new features would have loading implications for the structure, which is 1287 meters long. Highways England is aware of the impact any closure of the Orwell Bridge has during high winds. Any decision to close it is not taken lightly and is made on safety grounds alone. Highways...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Electric Vehicles: Charging Points (23 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: In July 2019 work commenced to determine a vision for a core rapid charger network on England’s strategic road network. This will report in Spring 2020. Government and industry have supported the installation of over 17,000 devices providing over 24,000 publicly available chargepoints. This includes over 2,400 rapid chargepoints – one of the largest networks in Europe. We want all new...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: A1: Newark (23 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: The A1 south of Newark was last inspected for potholes on 14/01/2020 northbound and on 15/01/20 southbound. Highways England currently has no plans to resurface the A1 south of Newark this year, however, the A1 will be considered for future schemes as Highways England develops its programme of works for the second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2).

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (23 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: The Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) has been successful in promoting a market for sustainable renewable fuels. Building on that success, the Government nearly doubled targets for supply from 2018 to 2020 and set further targets out to 2032, providing investment certainty. Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from low carbon fuels supplied in transport under the RTFO are important...

All-lane Running Motorways (22 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship for the first time, Mr Paisley. I am standing in for the Roads Minister, Baroness Vere, who will be watching the debate closely, and I will meet her afterwards. Let me congratulate and thank the hon. Member for Rotherham (Sarah Champion) for raising this issue. I agree that it merits a bigger debate. The participation of colleagues across the...

All-lane Running Motorways (22 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: That is one of the precise questions that the Secretary of State is looking at. I do not want to pre-empt that work, but I absolutely accept the hon. Gentleman’s reason for asking that important question. Highways England is constantly monitoring, and it has introduced a number of measures. This is ongoing work. It is not something we think is done and dusted; it is live as we speak. The...

All-lane Running Motorways (22 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: I understand. I am setting the context, because I think there is quite a lot of public misunderstanding about what smart motorways are. I am short of time and I am keen to get to the end of my speech if I can. The conversion of the hard shoulder to a running lane is a key feature of capacity management, and we avoid having to build more motorways when we can increase the capacity of existing...

All-lane Running Motorways (22 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: That is an excellent point, and it is one of the issues the Secretary of State will be looking at in his work. In the remaining seconds, I want to touch on reports that the AA has said it will not let its patrols stop in live lanes. That is concerning, because we need the support of all vehicle rescue operators. It is worth saying they are never expected to work in a live lane on any motorway...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Finance (22 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: The Government is committed to investing in infrastructure and levelling up across the country and has developed the £2.5 billion Transforming Cities Fund to improve public transport with a focus on trains, trams and buses. The Sheffield City Region Combined Authority has submitted a bid for a share of the £1.22 billion in the second round of the competitive element of the fund. The...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: M1 (22 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: The Highways Agency held a public consultation, from 17 December 2012 to 11 February 2013, on the proposed regulations to introduce variable mandatory speed limits on the M1 junctions 32 to 35A smart motorway scheme.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motorways: Safety (22 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: In 2019 Highways England’s expenditure cost for retrofitting Stopped Vehicle Detection (SVD) was £289,000.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motorways: Safety (22 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: In 2019 Highways England’s expenditure cost for retrofitting emergency areas was £1.8 million.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Electric Vehicles: Worcestershire (22 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: The Government does not hold records of public chargepoints. According to data from Zapmap, as of 1 October 2019 there are 97 chargepoints (of which 46 are rapid) in the Worcestershire area. In the district council area of Malvern Hills there are 12 chargepoints (of which 4 are rapid) and in Wychavon district council, 21 chargepoints (of which 10 are rapid). My Right Hon Friend the...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Manchester Metrolink (22 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: The Government is committed to investing in infrastructure and levelling up across the county and has developed the Transforming Cities Fund to improve public transport with a focus on trains, trams and buses. Greater Manchester will receive a total of £312.5 million in Mayoral Transforming Cities Fund allocations. Of this, £83 million has been allocated to provide additional tram capacity...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Roads: Accidents (21 Jan 2020)

George Freeman: The Department has not made an assessment. The Department has adopted the Safe System approach to road safety that features elements of a Vision Zero approach. This is reflected in our 2019 Road Safety Statement, which focuses through its actions on three of the five pillars of the Safe System approach: safer people, safer vehicles and safer roads. The effect of this approach should be to...


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