Results 21–40 of 3428 for speaker:Andrew Jones

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.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Govia Thameslink Railway: Tickets (17 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) have an obligation within their Franchise Agreement to introduce carnet-based season tickets on their smart card ticket “The Key”. Any set up and ongoing operational costs would be the responsibility of GTR, and any revenue impact the responsibility of the Department as all GTR farebox revenue passes to the Department under the GTR contract. Work is ongoing...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Exhaust Emissions (17 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: The report will be published by the Rail Decarbonisation Taskforce, not by the Department, in the coming weeks.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: South Eastern Rail Franchise (16 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: The Departments officials will deliver an outcome for the competition that maximises the value for money for the taxpayer and passengers as quickly as possible, taking into account the need to ensure a robust franchise procurement process.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Pay (16 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: The Secretary of State for Transport has regular meetings with the rail industry where a wide range of issues, including workforce questions, are discussed. Minutes of Ministerial meetings are not routinely published in order to ensure participants can exchange views in confidence and with trust, as well as to protect commercially sensitive information. There are no plans to publish the...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Govia Thameslink Railway: Tickets (16 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: Officials continue to work with Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) on implementing part time season tickets. The required enhancements to GTR’s KeyGo smart ticketing product are now complete and discussions continue regarding undertaking a trial.

European Union Documents: Chester-le-Street: Rail Services (15 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: I congratulate the right hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Jones) on securing the debate. He has raised a number of important issues relating to his constituency and to County Durham more broadly, and I will address them all. I entirely recognise the importance of Chester-le-Street station as a vital local link for the right hon. Gentleman’s constituents. I know how much they rely on it....

European Union Documents: Chester-le-Street: Rail Services (15 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: The right hon. Gentleman has made a significant point. I have to say that that has not been my experience when I have been dealing with the train operating companies, but it is nevertheless clear that the communication to which he referred in his speech has not been good enough. I shall say more about that shortly. As part of the wider drive to improve performance in the north, the Government...

European Union Documents: Chester-le-Street: Rail Services (15 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: The hon. Gentleman’s point is important, but there is also a point that the operators must consider in the operation of a timetable: how do they recover? If something goes wrong, how is that timetable recovered?

European Union Documents: Chester-le-Street: Rail Services (15 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: That is exactly what is happening, and I will come on to rolling stock in a moment. I understand the hon. Gentleman’s point and also where train-operating companies are coming from, but regularly disadvantaging the same customers is not acceptable. I want to get to the place where we do not have to have these questions in the first place. If things do go wrong, I also want to make sure we...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: South Eastern Rail Franchise (15 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: We expect to make the award for the next franchise this year. Officials at my Department are working to deliver the best possible outcome for passengers and taxpayers and they are focused on delivering a successful outcome for the competition. It is our aim to communicate any developments in relation to the franchise soon as possible.

ST Rollox Railway Works: Closure (14 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: It seems very late to be starting an Adjournment debate. Indeed, it is so late that we do not even have the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) with us. I should like to start by congratulating the hon. Member for Glasgow North East (Mr Sweeney) on securing this debate and on the passionate way in which he has spoken about this important industry in his constituency. We had a very...

ST Rollox Railway Works: Closure (14 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: I am coming on to that. My point is that as we start this period of high investment, both on a UK basis and within Scotland, we will need the workforce and the supply chain to deliver on those ambitions. Companies such as Gemini Rail Services and the works at Springburn and hundreds of other companies up and down the country, including train firms and those designing signalling, all...

ST Rollox Railway Works: Closure (14 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: In the meeting this afternoon, the company said it would be very happy to participate in the consortium the hon. Gentleman describes, which seems very positive. I hope all sides will enter this opportunity with their eyes open and with a constructive attitude.

ST Rollox Railway Works: Closure (14 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: The work stream that Network Rail takes north of the border is determined north of the border, so I would be cautious about any discourtesy to Scottish Government colleagues by treading on their toes, but I understand the hon. Gentleman’s point, which I will resolve with the Scottish Minister before taking any action. But if Network Rail can play a part, it should do so. If the company can...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Crossrail Line (14 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: Crossrail Limited, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Transport for London, is currently working on a revised delivery plan. Crossrail Limited has committed to delivering the full Elizabeth line services as quickly as possible once the central tunnels have been completed, to provide a service that will carry up to 200 million passengers a year.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Crossrail Line (14 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: The anticipated final costs of the Crossrail project are yet to be confirmed. It is expected the project will be completed within the funding envelope of £17.6bn. The Department is working with Transport for London, for whom Crossrail Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Concessions (14 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: The 16-17 railcard will offer savings of 50 per cent on all rail journeys run by franchised train operating companies managed by the Department for Transport. We will announce further details in the summer.


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