Results 181–200 of 3174 for speaker:Huw Merriman

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Tickets (28 Mar 2024)

Huw Merriman: We have announced that Contactless Pay as you go (PAYG) ticketing will be rolled out to Chalkwell and Leigh-on-Sea in during 2024. This is part of our commitment to rollout contactless PAYG to more stations across the south east. Further details on the exact date for launch will be announced in due course.

Cross-Solent Ferries (26 Mar 2024)

Huw Merriman: Let me begin by saying that it is my pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Latham. I am delighted to be standing in for the maritime Minister today; he cannot attend because he sits in the other House, as my hon. Friend the Member for Isle of Wight (Bob Seely) has pointed out. I would also like to congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate. I know that this is an incredibly...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Darlington Station: Finance (26 Mar 2024)

Huw Merriman: The decision to provide £105m of Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP) funding to deliver the Darlington Station Enhancements scheme was taken not only due to the direct journey time and reliability improvements it will provide to rail users, but also the result of the wider economic benefits it will generate for Darlington and the region, resulting from increased productivity. These...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: London North Eastern Railway: Fares (26 Mar 2024)

Huw Merriman: The Department supported LNER to introduce its Simpler Fares trial and officials regularly meet with LNER to discuss progress. During the trial, the majority of passengers will find fixed or semi flexible fares to be the same or cheaper than the old super off-peak fare, and there will be more fixed fares available than before. LNER estimate as of 6th February that 55% of semi flexible tickets...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: East West Rail Line (26 Mar 2024)

Huw Merriman: The Government has a strong desire to maintain and enhance our position as a global science and technology superpower and we recognise the importance of the Oxford-Cambridge region as a globally renowned hub of science, research and innovation, with businesses and universities that are leading the way in life sciences, space and green technologies. At the East West Rail Route Update...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: North Road (Darlington) Station (26 Mar 2024)

Huw Merriman: The station is still under consideration for Northern’s ongoing platform improvement programme, but all issues and aspects of the station are being assessed which will include the historic character.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Passengers (26 Mar 2024)

Huw Merriman: The Department is aware and has reviewed the report entitled Research on Long-Term Passenger Demand Growth by Steer. Rail demand is uncertain – especially over the long term. DfT produces a range of different future rail demand and revenue scenarios in line with our published guidance which have a number of uses including supporting investment decisions. The projections produced by...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Shrewsbury (26 Mar 2024)

Huw Merriman: Department officials routinely engage with Avanti and its Owning Group over many areas, including timetabling decisions. The Department specifies the train services to be operated by train companies including Avanti West Coast through National Rail Contracts. As part of industry wide efforts to align timetables to changing demand patterns and restore the financial stability of the railway,...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Line: Compulsory Purchase (26 Mar 2024)

Huw Merriman: Officials in the Department engaged on HS2-related land and property matters meet periodically with their counterparts in RICS to update each other and to discuss issues of mutual interest. The conduct of RICS members generally and the oversight of professional standards by RICS is one issue that has been discussed, although those discussions have not narrowed to consider specifically the...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Line: Compulsory Purchase (26 Mar 2024)

Huw Merriman: The Department expects any agent contracted to HS2 Ltd to maintain high professional standards. As members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), HS2 Ltd’s suppliers must adhere to the RICS rules of conduct and any RICS professional statements relevant to the advice they provide. HS2 Ltd continuously monitors supplier performance through regular case review meetings and...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Shrewsbury (25 Mar 2024)

Huw Merriman: The Department is required to make decisions as part of industry wide efforts to align timetables to changing demand patterns and restore the financial stability of the railway, the Government asked all operators to present cost saving options. Due to very low passenger numbers, the service between Shrewsbury and London is currently operating at a loss of £1.4 million per year. West Midlands...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Planning (25 Mar 2024)

Huw Merriman: The Government is aware of the report produced by Create Streets and Sustrans and will review its findings in due course.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Roads: Lincolnshire (25 Mar 2024)

Huw Merriman: Lincolnshire County Council will receive a minimum additional overall uplift of £287.7 million between 2023-24 and 2033-34 as a result of reallocating HS2 funding. £4.9 million of this has already been paid out in the current financial year with a further £4.9 million to follow in 2024/25, and Lincolnshire is receiving around 30% more capital funding for highway maintenance in the current...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Old Oak Common Station: Construction (25 Mar 2024)

Huw Merriman: Similar to last year, public communications regarding the works are due to ramp up ahead of this year’s Christmas engineering works, in line with usual passenger communications timing. Network Rail is leading the development of a passenger communications strategy working closely with train operators and other industry partners, including Transport for London (TfL). My Department is working...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Line: Old Oak Common Station (25 Mar 2024)

Huw Merriman: The Department is working with Network Rail, HS2 Ltd, Transport for London and train operating companies to minimise disruption to South West rail passengers. Diversions of services to other London terminals, such as Euston, is under active consideration. This could provide Great Western Railway passengers access to a central London terminal with numerous onward travel connections. Passengers...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Old Oak Common Station: Construction (25 Mar 2024)

Huw Merriman: The Department is working with Network Rail, HS2 Ltd, Transport for London (TfL) and train operators to minimise disruption.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Carbon Emissions (25 Mar 2024)

Huw Merriman: The Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy (TDNS) was published by Network Rail in 2020 and primarily recommended electrification as a means to decarbonise the rail network. The TDNS was used by Government as a guide for decision making. However, alternative traction technologies, such as battery and bi-mode trains, will also play key roles in our transition to Net Zero. We are progressing...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Public Appointments (25 Mar 2024)

Huw Merriman: On 18 March 2024 the Department for Transport announced the appointment of Alex Hynes to the role of Director General for Rail Services. Alex has been appointed through a time-bound secondment agreement with Network Rail. Appropriate approvals were sought and obtained including from the Cabinet Office, HM Treasury and Civil Service Commission.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: European Company for the Financing of Railroad Rolling Stock Convention (25 Mar 2024)

Huw Merriman: The Government is supportive of international initiatives to help deliver new vehicles and upgrade existing fleets that improve passenger experience and support our decarbonisation objectives. We are committed to encouraging investment in domestic and international rail services and unlocking greater private financing to support this. My officials have engaged regularly with Eurofima, the...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Great Western Main Line (25 Mar 2024)

Huw Merriman: I understand that Network Rail plans to close the Great Western Main Line in the Old Oak Common area on Sunday 17 November, Saturday 28 December and Sunday 29 December 2024 to enable both construction works for the new station at Old Oak Common as well as other essential works required in this area.


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