Results 81–100 of 3174 for speaker:Huw Merriman

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Rolling Stock: Procurement ( 7 May 2024)

Huw Merriman: Rolling stock assets have an expected operational lifespan of between thirty to thirty-five years exceeding the duration of the operating contracts currently in place with train operators. These long-term investments made by the rolling stock owners passes risk from the Government to the private sector. It also means that such capital does not need to be spent by the Government on rolling...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Cross Country Trains ( 7 May 2024)

Huw Merriman: CrossCountry has been working with the Department on the best way to deploy the 60 additional Voyager Intercity carriages that the Department has agreed they can lease. This includes the possibility of calls at Worcestershire Parkway in CrossCountry Intercity services. Subject to these discussions and industry planning processes, such calls could be introduced from May 2025.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Euston Station: Ticket Offices ( 7 May 2024)

Huw Merriman: The Department is aware of the current temporary closure of the ticket office at Euston station arising from a bird infestation. Network Rail is responsible for managing Euston and is working on a remedy for staff and passengers. The Government has been clear to the industry that no ticket offices should close.

Heathrow Airport: Western Rail Link (30 Apr 2024)

Huw Merriman: I begin by congratulating the hon. Member for Slough (Mr Dhesi) on securing this debate—or cross-party love-in, as he put it, albeit with a few digs into my heart—on a western rail link to Heathrow. He has been a strong supporter of this scheme for some time, particularly, as he referenced, in his capacity as chair of the western rail link to Heathrow all-party parliamentary group. I...

Heathrow Airport: Western Rail Link (30 Apr 2024)

Huw Merriman: It is important to recognise what has occurred over the past few years. First, we have had the pandemic, which means that rail finances are 80% of what they were pre-pandemic. An awful lot of money is being put in. When we talk about delivering new railway, we have to take into account how to fund the existing railway. Other matters have changed. As a member of the Transport Committee, I was...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Ticket Offices (30 Apr 2024)

Huw Merriman: In October 2023, the Government communicated to the industry that no ticket offices should close following consultation when it became clear that industry-led proposals did not meet the high thresholds for service set by Ministers. The consultation raised several important issues which we are working with the industry on, including the modernisation of fares and ticketing and improving...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Passengers (29 Apr 2024)

Huw Merriman: In line with our published guidance, the Department has developed a range of rail demand forecasts in both the medium and long term. The Department considers a wide range of evidence for our project appraisals and policy decisions. There are many economic and socio-demographic factors which potentially affect future rail passenger demand. These are detailed within the Department’s Transport...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Digital Technology (29 Apr 2024)

Huw Merriman: Charging and payment methods for car parking at stations is a commercial decision for train operators and Network Rail. Train operators are responsible for considering the equalities impacts of operational changes on issues such as this, as set out in the 2018 ‘Station Car Parking Good Practice Guide for Train Operators’. The Department expects that train operators should consider each...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Hammersmith Bridge: Repairs and Maintenance (29 Apr 2024)

Huw Merriman: The Secretary of State is currently reviewing the business case to ensure that it provides value for money for the taxpayer and will make a final decision in due course. The Department’s Ministers are continuing to have regular discussions on this matter with officials.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Avanti West Coast: Catering (29 Apr 2024)

Huw Merriman: The Department does not hold information on the amount of cash taken on-board Avanti services.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Hammersmith Bridge: Repairs and Maintenance (26 Apr 2024)

Huw Merriman: The Secretary of State is currently reviewing the business case to ensure that it provides value for money for the taxpayer and will make a final decision in due course. The Department’s Ministers are continuing to have regular discussions on this matter with officials.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Paddington Station (26 Apr 2024)

Huw Merriman: Facilities at Paddington London Underground station are the responsibility of Transport for London (TfL). DfT Ministers and officials meet regularly with TfL on a range of issues.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Northwich Station: Access (24 Apr 2024)

Huw Merriman: As part of our recent Network North announcement, the Government confirmed £350m will be made available to improve the accessibility of our train stations. We are assessing over 300 nominations for Access for All, including a nomination for Northwich railway station. If successful, the funding will create an obstacle free, accessible route from the station entrance to platforms. Successful...

Future of Rail Manufacturing (23 Apr 2024)

Huw Merriman: With pleasure, Sir Gary. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship. I start by thanking my good friend, the hon. Member for Easington (Grahame Morris), for securing this important debate on the future of rail manufacturing and for his engaging and impassioned speech. He is always a real warrior for the railway and the workforce. Rail remains a top priority for the Government. It...

Future of Rail Manufacturing (23 Apr 2024)

Huw Merriman: Look, I travel by train all the time, not just on my own line, which I believe has the oldest train stock, but across the country. I spend every single week travelling by train across the country. I am sure at some point I will experience that part of the country as well. The facts do not lie. Out of our total of 15,600 trains, 8,000 are new trains that have been built since 2012. That shows...

Future of Rail Manufacturing (23 Apr 2024)

Huw Merriman: I have not got time, so I am sorry, I will not give way. I am pleased to report my right hon. Friend the Transport Secretary had a constructive meeting last week with Alstom’s chairman and CEO and its UK and Ireland director. We have now entered a period of intense discussion with the company. It would not be appropriate to go into the details of those conversations at this stage. Work...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Line: Land (23 Apr 2024)

Huw Merriman: Any property that is no longer required will be disposed of and a programme is being developed to do this. We will ensure it is compliant with requirements on the disposal of surplus government property, delivers value for money for taxpayers and does not disrupt local property markets.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Old Oak Common Station: Construction (22 Apr 2024)

Huw Merriman: The Department is working with Network Rail, HS2 Ltd, Transport for London and Great Western Railway (GWR) to minimise disruption to rail passengers during Old Oak Common construction. Some GWR services will be diverted to London Euston, providing GWR passengers access to a central London terminal with numerous onward travel connections. Passengers could alternatively use Ealing Broadway...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Line: Manchester Airport (22 Apr 2024)

Huw Merriman: The government is seeking to adapt the High Speed Rail (Crewe-Manchester) Bill to deliver Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) only, removing scope south of the Parish of Millington and Rostherne, which was included only for HS2. A motion to formalise the point of truncation will be brought to the House and a supplementary environmental statement will be produced. As set out in the Network North...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: North of England (22 Apr 2024)

Huw Merriman: As set out in the Network North Command paper, up to £12 billion in 2023 prices has been retained to deliver NPR scope between Manchester and the Parish of Millington and Rostherne. The funding has not been disaggregated further. Work on the NPR scheme between Liverpool and the Parish of Millington and Rostherne, is currently at strategic scheme development stage. This work is being carried...


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