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Restoring Your Railway Fund — [Judith Cummins in the Chair] (24 Jan 2023)

Huw Merriman: ...commitment of levelling up and beginning a process of reopening lines and stations in England and Wales that had previously been closed. This investment is being used to explore and deliver on how we reconnect communities, regenerate local economies and improve access to jobs, homes and education opportunities. We have already seen that in action, as many hon. Members have mentioned—not...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Concessions (24 Jan 2023)

Huw Merriman: ...Group. Details of an individual's qualifying disability or progressive medical condition are not recorded centrally for Disabled Persons Railcard holders or applicants. Therefore, information on how many people with Multiple Sclerosis applied for, or obtained, a Disabled Person’s Railcard, or any information as to the proportion of applicants who have Multiple Sclerosis, is not...

Transport: Rail Fare Evasion (19 Jan 2023)

Huw Merriman: I have a real passion for reducing fare evasion. It is important that we learn from all parts of the United Kingdom how we can do this. At a time when we are experiencing issues with financing, it is vital that we do everything we can to ensure that passengers pay their way, so I am happy to meet the hon. Lady to share those ideas. If they are good ideas, I would like to see them rolled out.

Transport: Rail Service Improvements (19 Jan 2023)

Huw Merriman: I am aware that the study needs to get out so we can look at how to get High Speed 2 trains up to Leeds, and so we can look at the other impacts on Leeds. There have been discussions in the Department this week about how to move that forward. I expect the report to be out very shortly.

Transport: Topical Questions (19 Jan 2023)

Huw Merriman: We have already written to our stakeholders and we will be launching a consultation. The results of that consultation, in terms of how the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill would work across the network and whether we would look at a proportion of the timetable or parts of the network, will be determined only when it has been completed. That is the right way to take the process forward.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Kingston upon Hull North (13 Jan 2023)

Huw Merriman: ...rail link between the two port cities. We will take an adaptive approach to investment when considering any future projects as part of the Northern Powerhouse Rail programme – looking at how well current projects are going, and at how demand and economic growth recover. In the meantime, we are investing in the station and associated facilities - the Hull gateline project is ongoing,...

Pokesdown Railway Station (11 Jan 2023)

Huw Merriman: ...Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council. All the funding has been provided to Network Rail so that the works can be carried out. They are essential works, as he rightly said. I also want to say how grateful I am to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council for providing, together with Network Rail and South Western Railway, the funds required to start these necessary improvements at...

Luton Flightpaths (9 Jan 2023)

Huw Merriman: ...before it concludes its impact data collection. Secondly, those impacted can focus on the requirement of the sponsor to publish on the CAA’s airspace change portal its detailed assessment of how any impacts compare with what was set out in the airspace change proposal and accompanying options appraisal on which stakeholders were consulted. Once that assessment has been published, there...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Finance (9 Jan 2023)

Huw Merriman: Along with the rest of the construction sector and wider economy, HS2 is currently experiencing very high levels of inflation. Following the Autumn Statement we are working through how to manage the impact of inflation and will set out any changes in due course.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Mobile Phones (9 Jan 2023)

Huw Merriman: ...the technical barriers of ensuring improved mobile phone connectivity, including in tunnels and rural areas. Research has been conducted to evaluate the characteristics of different tunnels, how they block signal and what technical solutions could be implemented to extend mobile coverage into tunnels. Additionally, research has been undertaken to look at the effect train carriage walls...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Tickets (22 Dec 2022)

Huw Merriman: ...passengers’ experience of buying tickets, and to ensure passengers get the support they need from staff when using the railways. Part of this will involve working with industry to consider how these practices should be governed in future.

Future of Rail Services (20 Dec 2022)

Huw Merriman: Yes, we certainly will. We are looking at an interesting and challenging set of reforms. Ticket offices are largely unchanged from how they were 30 years back, but only 12% to 14% of tickets are purchased from ticket offices. The key is to find a way to get those personnel outside—on the platform and in the station—to help those with disabilities and mobility issues. Getting them on the...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Strikes (20 Dec 2022)

Huw Merriman: The Government is not a party to these discussions. The parties to these disputes, the trade unions and the employers, are able to decide on how best to resolve the disputes. It would be for them to consider if they wish to consult with ACAS.

Seafarers’ Wages Bill [Lords] (19 Dec 2022)

Natalie Elphicke: .... Friend the Member for Thurrock (Jackie Doyle-Price). We have a moral responsibility to address that. We have taken action to address the use of sweat shops on land in other countries. We must show international leadership in tackling the sweat shops at sea—the shocking conditions for international seafarers, particularly those from poorer countries. We must also go further in...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Japanese Knotweed (19 Dec 2022)

Huw Merriman: ...inspections are carried out by Network Rail on the full rail lineside estate on a three to four year cycle. Any Japanese knotweed identified on the estate is recorded, including details of how far the knotweed is from the railway tracks and from the boundary fence onto neighbouring land. For recording purposes, the lineside estate is broken down into eighth of mile sections. Records are...

West Coast Main Line: Services (15 Dec 2022)

Huw Merriman: ...and their constituents for the challenges they have all faced on the west coast main line service? I am very sorry about the situation and am determined to see it turned around. I will explain how we will do that, but I owe it to those who have taken part in the debate to explain why the service levels have deteriorated so sharply. Colleagues whom I have spoken to about this matter in...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: East of England (12 Dec 2022)

Huw Merriman: ...is always a strong case for engineering works, which considers the varied impact on passengers and businesses across different regions and industries. It will continue to work to better understand how disruption impacts long-term travel patterns by rail and to provide passengers with information about disruption as far as possible in advance through a wide range of outlets.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Tickets (8 Dec 2022)

Huw Merriman: Today just 12% of rail ticket transactions take place at ticket offices so it is now time to review how best station staff are deployed to ensure they are providing the best service to all passengers, including disabled people. Details of how these reforms will work is for the employers and unions but any changes would be informed by the experience of Transport for London where a similar...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Line: Expenditure (7 Dec 2022)

Huw Merriman: Preparatory work on the study envisaged in the IRP of how HS2 services could best reach Leeds has been undertaken using existing Department for Transport staff as part of their routine work. No consultation has been launched. We intend to publish the terms of reference for the Study soon. HS2 Ltd has not undertaken, and no money and no hours have been spent on, any proactive work (design or...

Southeastern Railway Timetable Changes — [Carolyn Harris in the Chair] (6 Dec 2022)

Huw Merriman: ...to demonstrate a positive experience. We do not want to get to a situation where the railway service looks like the bus service. At the same time, there has been time taken post pandemic to assess how passenger numbers have been performing and they have not performed with the level of uptick that we need to give us an indication that people will not change their work habits—they are not...


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