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Rail Infrastructure Investment — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (17 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Rosindell. I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Nottingham South (Lilian Greenwood) for her work as Chair of the Transport Committee and for her work in producing this report. I also thank her and other members of the Committee for the broader work that they do. I look forward to working with all of them over the months ahead. I echo the...

Rail Infrastructure Investment — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (17 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: Let me make a little more progress and then I will give way.

Rail Infrastructure Investment — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (17 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: All right. I am always generous in giving way.

Rail Infrastructure Investment — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (17 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: How individual operating companies wish to own and run their rolling stock is up to them, but the point is that private investment and the private sector, whether it pays for a lease or for ownership, is delivering, and the public sector did not, which is why we have the long-standing Pacer trains on our network. The no-growth franchise was a significant feature. I am sure that those who let...

Rail Infrastructure Investment — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (17 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: We have had autumn leaves falling since time began, and whichever rail company has been operating—including nationalised ones—they have found them quite difficult to manage. To suggest that it is suddenly a bigger problem is a mistake.

Rail Infrastructure Investment — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (17 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: My right hon. Friend makes a powerful point. She gave a powerful speech, which recognised how transport investment, alongside other investments, can drive an economy. The work that she and colleagues have done on producing a business case has been highly effective. She asked whether I would work with her and of course I will, as I will work with all colleagues, to maximise the benefits of the...

Rail Infrastructure Investment — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (17 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: My intention is that we should be as transparent as we can without giving a running commentary on schemes that also present challenges in the managing of expectation. I intend to be transparent about progress as they move through the pipeline—in the phrase I just used—and that suggests each stage of the process.

Rail Infrastructure Investment — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (17 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: Yes, exactly. What form it will take I do not know, but as schemes progress through, from “determine” to “develop” and so on, we will be transparent about it. The objective is to secure value for the taxpayer by progressing schemes only when we have an appropriate understanding of how much they will cost, how long they will take, and the benefits that will be delivered. That is in...

Rail Infrastructure Investment — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (17 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: My right hon. Friend is as wise as ever. Once a Treasury Minister, always a Treasury Minister, I suspect. The point about bringing things together was, I think, at the heart of such things as the national productivity investment fund, which is about making sure we have, and control, the levers to drive economic productivity—productivity being at the heart of the UK’s future economic...

Rail Infrastructure Investment — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (17 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: One simple way, of course, is to ask the Minister concerned. I will find out exactly where we are with the Ely junction and respond to the hon. Gentleman. Significant works are planned around Ely, but there are a number of junctions around Ely—I have reviewed a map of them in the past few weeks—and I will need to remind myself specifically which one that might be. Let me go back to the...

Rail Infrastructure Investment — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (17 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: I cannot remember off the top of my head. I looked at the schemes but cannot remember the answer. I will have to write to the hon. Lady with the details. We spent a bit of time discussing electrification. The hon. Lady expressed some concern and asked whether we had ruled out electrification. Clearly the answer is no. Our railway infrastructure investment in CP6, however, is about securing...

Rail Infrastructure Investment — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (17 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: We have received a further draft within the past few days. It is not the absolutely final version of the report, but I understand that we are very near it. I hope to read it, but I think that I should read it when it is finished, rather than in draft form—to be fair to Mr Brown. As soon as we have more information, I will keep the hon. Lady posted. Regional spend has been a concern in this...

Rail Infrastructure Investment — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (17 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: I understand the hon. Gentleman’s point, and if that were the only consideration I can see how it could lead to inappropriate decisions, but that is not entirely the case. For example, the transpennine rail upgrade, which will be the biggest enhancement on our network over the next five years, would simply not be happening if we accepted his point. But I understand where he is coming from:...

Rail Infrastructure Investment — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (17 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: The wider considerations are taken into account. This is part of a broader plan. As the business case is created, it looks at economic benefits and environmental benefits. It is a wider case. The hon. Member for Brentford and Isleworth asked about devolution. It is being considered as part of the Williams review, but the principle of devolution is a sound one. The suggestion that the...

Rail Infrastructure Investment — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (17 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: I am very keen for that line to be upgraded and will ensure that all the opportunities to progress it are considered. I want to make it absolutely clear that there is no loss of ambition, but at the same time we must be very careful when industry experts tell us that if we do any more we will bring the network to a halt for just about every weekend in five years. That is the advice from...

Rail Infrastructure Investment — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (17 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: I will continue to talk with all the different bodies across the north to maximise the benefits. We are not taking a short-term approach; a short-term approach would be to get on and do it right away. We are taking the approach to deliver it in phases to maximise the benefits. At each stage we are also future-proofing it. That principle is already being implemented. The hon. Member for...

Rail Infrastructure Investment — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (17 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: I could answer that in a few ways. First, it is clearly right that the Treasury takes a view on managing the efficiency and delivery of public projects, because so much money is involved. We are spending half a billion pounds a week more on capital projects than the last Labour Government. We are catching up on investment. What representations do we make? Of course there is regular dialogue...

Rail Infrastructure Investment — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (17 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: I am not the Minister with responsibility for HS2, so the day-to-day correspondence does not come across my desk, but the Government are entirely committed to HS2. The Treasury is right to say that we will look at projects to ensure that they come in on budget and on time, and that we do not see project-creep in terms of cost. The Treasury has been sighted, for example, on the way we are...

Rail Infrastructure Investment — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (17 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: I just point out that decisions about what happens are taken north of the border. We have a national rail network, which cuts across all the nations of the United Kingdom, but decisions are made north of the border. I have had conversations with the Scottish Transport Minister, and I fully understand where his responsibilities start and mine finish. We have accepted many of the Transport...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Cherwell Valley Railway Line: Electrification (17 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: The scheme referred to is currently under consideration as part of Network Rail’s Control Period 6 portfolio. As the National Audit Office have said, it is right to continually assess the investment decisions in our programme of railway upgrades, to deliver passenger benefits in the best way possible and give both passengers and taxpayers maximum value.


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