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Use of Chamber (Women MPS of the World Conference): A14 Cambridge-Huntingdon Upgrade (19 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I congratulate the hon. Member for Cambridge (Daniel Zeichner) on securing this debate on the A14 Cambridge-Huntingdon upgrade, and on taking us all the way to the Arctic circle. He must have noticed, as you will have, Mr Deputy Speaker, that I am not the Under-Secretary of State for Transport, my hon. Friend the Member for Hereford and South Herefordshire (Jesse Norman), who has...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Routes: England and Wales (5 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Whether for commuting to work or seeing friends and family, buses play an important role in keeping communities connected, with 4.4 billion passenger journeys a year. Between 2015 and 2017, the number of live local bus services registered increased by 14% in England and by 6% in Wales.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Routes: England and Wales (5 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Local authorities receive a substantial amount of money from central Government to support bus services. The Government paid out some £250 million last year to support bus services in England. Kent County Council receives over £1 million per year, and Canterbury City Council receives over £83,000 per year. The hon. Lady mentioned bus fares. They rose almost three times faster...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Routes: England and Wales (5 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Bus passes for the most vulnerable, older and disabled people are being supported by this Government with £1 billion, enabling 10 million people up and down this country to travel for free. As you may be aware, Mr Speaker, this is Catch the Bus Week, so the hon. Gentleman could have said something about bus services to encourage people to jump on the bus. There are good case studies up...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Routes: England and Wales (5 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Bus service provision is the responsibility of local authorities. About £800 million of funding is made available for concessionary bus fares, and £40 million is given directly to local authorities to support journeys that might not otherwise be profitable. As I mentioned earlier, there are local authorities working hand in hand with bus companies to make sure services are viable...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (5 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I thank my hon. Friend for his question, especially as he is the ambassador for the Year of Engineering. We are working with 1,400 companies up and down the country to create 1 million interactions to encourage young people to take STEM subjects—science, technology, engineering and maths—and become engineers of the future.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (5 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend, as you may be aware, Mr Speaker, is an intellect in blockchain, having published a report yesterday on unlocking blockchain. My officials explore new technologies such as blockchain, which may help to improve maritime trade. We have recently contributed to “Are You Decentralised Yet?”, a paper for the Transport Systems Catapult, analysing blockchain technologies...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (5 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I am not quite sure exactly what meeting the hon. Gentleman is talking about. Meetings take place between HS2 and the community engagement officers up and down the route. I believe that a meeting is already taking place, but this gives me an opportunity to remind Members from across the House of the importance of HS2, as well as the 100,000 jobs that it brings with it and that it connects...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (5 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: That very important question enables me to remind the sector and bus drivers that wheelchair spaces on buses are first and foremost for the use of wheelchair users, and other passengers must respect that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (5 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The inclusive transport strategy, which is due to be published, will look at issues around accessibility and toilets, especially looking at changing rooms and how we can make that information more available at the appropriate time when toilets are not functioning.

Backbench Business: A120 Dualling (19 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Mr Hollobone, it is an honour to serve under your chairmanship. No doubt my colleagues have realised that I am not 6 feet 4 inches, so I am not the Under-Secretary of State for Transport, my hon. Friend the Member for Hereford and South Herefordshire (Jesse Norman), who is the Minister with responsibility for roads. However, I will do my best to respond to all the questions put today and no...

Backbench Business: A120 Dualling (19 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: It has been a very passionate debate and I was also slightly startled that the Labour party representative today, the hon. Member for York Central (Rachael Maskell), could not bring herself to recognise that Essex is a gem of a county in economic development and somehow was taking away choice, by removing the opportunity to invest in road infrastructure, let alone in tourism, business,...

Backbench Business: A120 Dualling (19 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend mentioned the phrase “slap in the face” a number of times; I am not sure how I can respond to that. However, the Labour party is not even putting this scheme on the drawing board; it will not even consider it. No doubt, that will be absolutely frightening for hon. Members’ constituents to hear. I do not want to prejudice the outcome of the road investment...

Backbench Business: A120 Dualling (19 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: My right hon. Friend has been a strong campaigner for her constituency, particularly on this issue, and I do not doubt that her request for a meeting will be respected and taken forward. I understand that there was a delay and that the notification of it was made most recently. The favoured option for the A120 scheme that the council announced on 8 June is supported by a strong analytical...

Transport Safety: Blind and Visually Impaired People (6 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I congratulate the hon. Member for Blaydon (Liz Twist) on securing this debate on transport safety for blind and visually impaired people, and for sharing her experience of a guided walk and how Margaret and Laurel try to navigate with sight loss. Delivering a transport system that is truly accessible to all is of great importance to me personally and to the Department for Transport. I hope...

Transport Safety: Blind and Visually Impaired People (6 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The inclusive transport strategy is due to be published shortly. I am sure the hon. Lady will be very pleased when the report comes out. I cannot highlight the action points—obviously, I cannot divulge them—but she will be pleased when she sees the results considering the issues she has raised today. The accessibility action plan will set out immediate improvements that can be...

Transport Safety: Blind and Visually Impaired People (6 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman raises a very important point. Extra street furniture or clutter inhibits people in confidently navigating their community, especially streets that they know well. One bad experience can set them back, so we need to raise awareness, whether it is among shopkeepers, local authorities or people picking up rubbish and understanding the kind of debris they leave behind. I...

Transport Safety: Blind and Visually Impaired People (6 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: There are calls for the Government to introduce a law that bans all pavement parking across England, allowing it only in exceptional cases, thereby mirroring the case in London. The Minister with responsibility for roads is keen to make the process as simple as possible. Before seeking new primary legislation, we will evaluate the effectiveness of the current legislation that allows local...

Transport Safety: Blind and Visually Impaired People (6 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Lady raises a very valid point, which is why it is important that we base any legislation on evidence, to make sure that the guidance is absolutely appropriate, accurate, and level in constituencies and councils across the country. We want people to have similarly positive experiences when they navigate their local streets. I turn now to taxi and private hire drivers who refuse to...

Transport Safety: Blind and Visually Impaired People (6 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I take the hon. Lady’s point and will reflect on her concerns. An independent task and finish group is looking at taxis and private hire vehicles, and we await its report, which I hope will cover this area. I have a concern about this issue as well. There should be very few exemptions—there should be very good reasons why a driver cannot allow a passenger or guide dog into their...


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