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Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Mid Bedfordshire (13 Nov 2023)

Mark Harper: The Government recognises the importance of transport provision in rural areas and is committed to finding solutions which ensure that local communities in these areas have viable and improved transport services. The Department for Transport is investing in the bus sector to deliver the ambitions of the National Bus Strategy to make bus services more reliable and cheaper. Over £1 billion...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Driving Licences: Northern Ireland (13 Nov 2023)

Mark Harper: We have not had recent discussions, however officials did discuss with Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland officials progress on their implementation of GDL in December 2022 and January 2023. We have asked to be updated on progress as appropriate.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motor Vehicle Tyres (Labelling) (Enforcement) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (13 Nov 2023)

Mark Harper: The Department continues to actively review retained EU laws to identify and progress opportunities for reform by June 2026, when the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Act’s powers expire. We have already taken steps, such as through four statutory instruments already laid so far that seek to revoke or reform transport retained EU laws, the detail of which is available online. This...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: Inquiry into Channel Incident of November 24, 2021 ( 9 Nov 2023)

Mark Harper: On 24 November 2021 there was a tragic mass-casualty incident, resulting in at least 27 fatalities, from a small boat attempting to cross the Channel. Our thoughts are with the loved ones of those who died, and with those who responded to an extremely distressing event. Incidents such as this continue to demonstrate the danger inherent in illegal crossings and underline the importance of...

Transport: Network North and HS2 Phase 2: Comparative Assessment (26 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: Before I answer this question, Mr Speaker, may I put on record, on behalf of the Government side of the House and myself, that I share your congratulations to Jim on his service so far and still to come. It sounds like Quentin Letts was rather kinder to him than he often is to many of us. As the cost of HS2 has increased, the relative benefits have dwindled. Every penny of the £36 billion...

Transport: Network North and HS2 Phase 2: Comparative Assessment (26 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: I think the hon. Lady is missing the fact that every single penny that we are not spending on phase 2 of HS2 in the north is being—[Interruption.] No, she raises a good point. Every penny of what was going to be spent in the north is being spent in the north, and every single penny that was going to be spent in the midlands is being reinvested in the midlands. It is the money that has been...

Transport: Network North and HS2 Phase 2: Comparative Assessment (26 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: I thank my hon. Friend for his question. The phase 1 benefit-cost ratio process for HS2 captured some of the benefits of released capacity, including new demand for existing services. It did not include all the benefits from new services, but I know that the rail Minister will be happy to meet him to discuss that in more detail.

Transport: Network North and HS2 Phase 2: Comparative Assessment (26 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: Yes, I can confirm that. The day after the party conference I went to Bradford and met the leader of the council and the West Yorkshire Mayor to talk about our plans for the station at Bradford, their ambitious plans for the growth of Bradford and the new rail lines. They very much welcomed the plans we have made. I hope that the hon. Gentleman does too, and it would be nice if the Opposition...

Transport: Network North and HS2 Phase 2: Comparative Assessment (26 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: My hon. Friend is a great champion for transport schemes in his constituency and I welcome his recognition of the funding we have allocated to the Tees Valley Combined Authority under Network North. I encourage him to raise the issue of those schemes with the combined authority, which will be able to use the money allocated to it to focus on the transport projects that matter most across the...

Transport: Network North and HS2 Phase 2: Comparative Assessment (26 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: First, let me welcome the hon. Gentleman to his position on the Opposition Front Bench. Obviously, at the time he mentions I was not in the Government. I am sure that all of my ministerial—[Interruption.] If the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley (Louise Haigh) would allow me to answer the question rather than chuntering from a sedentary position, that would be welcome. As I say, I was not...

Transport: Network North and HS2 Phase 2: Comparative Assessment (26 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: The hon. Gentleman will know that we have made it clear that we are going to make sure that high-speed trains can still continue past Birmingham on to the west coast main line. We have already had a debate in this House, and I believe we had this debate at length when I made my statement after the House returned last week, about the capacity on the west coast main line. The southern section...

Transport: Support for Motorists (26 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: Through Network North, we announced £8.3 billion for road resurfacing—the largest allocation of money for local road maintenance ever—and an extra £4 billion for local road schemes. In addition, the plan for drivers set out 30 new measures we are taking to make motorists’ lives easier, from restraining the most aggressively anti-driver traffic management interventions to stopping...

Transport: Support for Motorists (26 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: I entirely agree with the point made by my hon. Friend. I am pleased to report that, following his very effective representations and those of others, the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Bee Network committee recently endorsed a decision to develop a proposal to introduce lane rental in Greater Manchester, and discussions are now taking place with local authorities.

Transport: Support for Motorists (26 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: The UK Government recognise the importance of Ynys Môn to the UK economy. Decisions about the Menai crossings are the responsibility of the Welsh Government. That emphasises the damage, both to the Welsh economy and the UK economy, being done by Labour’s decision to ban all new road building, which I very much hope it will revisit.

Transport: Support for Motorists (26 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: I hope that the hon. Lady will have noted the announcement that we made earlier this year about PumpWatch, as well as the work that the Government have done to ensure that the Competition and Markets Authority looks carefully at the way in which the fuel market operates, to ensure that it does so in the interest of consumers, as we all want.

Transport: Support for Motorists (26 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: The hon. Gentleman makes a fair point. The wait times for theory driving tests are within target. He is absolutely right to draw the House’s attention to the fact that there is currently a longer waiting time for practical driving tests. That is why both I and the roads Minister, the Under-Secretary of State for Transport, my hon. Friend the Member for North West Durham (Mr Holden), have...

Transport: Support for Motorists (26 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: The hon. Gentleman had a number of things that he purported to suggest were facts. Let me just pick one of them: the roll-out of EV charging. That is absolutely on track according to the independent assessment from the National Infrastructure Commission. The number of public charge points is up 43%. As the Minister of State, my right hon. Friend the Member for Hereford and South...

Transport: Topical Questions (26 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: This Government have made the long-term decision to reinvest every penny of savings from High Speed 2 into the local journeys that matter most across the country, so from next week, passengers on our buses will keep saving money with the £2 fare cap, and from next year, £150 million of redirected HS2 funding will go to bus services across the north and midlands. That is part of £1 billion...

Transport: Topical Questions (26 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: The Rail Minister and I continue to hold Avanti to account for matters within its control, and I know the Rail Minister recently visited my hon. Friend’s constituency to talk about services to Holyhead. The temporary changes she referred to are necessary to accommodate Network Rail engineering works to improve and maintain the network and minimise unplanned, short-notice cancellations due...

Transport: Topical Questions (26 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: The Prime Minister made the right long-term decision to reinvest every penny saved from HS2 in the north and midlands back into transport projects across the north and midlands, which will benefit more people in more places more quickly. I know this must be a difficult time for the hon. Lady as her party leader, the right hon. and learned Member for Holborn and St Pancras (Keir Starmer),...


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