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Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Fares (10 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: It is vital that passengers feel confident that they are buying the most appropriate ticket for their journey, which was why we committed in our manifesto to review rail ticketing, removing complexity and perverse pricing. The rail review will take a longer-term look at how the railway can support a fares system that delivers value for money for both passengers and taxpayers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Fares (10 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: My predecessor undertook to review the matter and remove some of the anomalies, and that work has already started, including in the fare review we saw earlier this year and the big piece of work reviewing how pay-as-you-go can be extended across the south-east. There has been a piecemeal approach where it has gone into Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and parts of Surrey, and we are taking a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Fares (10 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: That is very much a question for the Williams review of devolution structures in our transport sector. The principle of my hon. Friend’s question, which is about making things more convenient for passengers through smart ticketing, is absolutely right. If we make things easier for passengers, they will be more likely to use the services. That is a key question for the Williams review, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Fares (10 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: That is quite unusual, to be honest, as we have a lot of requests for money. I will look into what the hon. Lady says and get back to her.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: CrossCountry Rail Franchise (10 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: The current CrossCountry franchise runs until October this year, with a possible extension to October next year. The hon. Gentleman should be assured that we are working to look at all options for the new CrossCountry franchise, including rolling stock. We will look at adding much needed capacity to the CrossCountry services as soon as trains become available.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: CrossCountry Rail Franchise (10 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: I had a very positive meeting with the hon. Gentleman and his local council leader yesterday. We agree on the importance of the south-west economy, in particular its connectivity, and we recognise entirely the issue with the Voyager trains and how they are affected by the salt water to which they are exposed. CrossCountry is working on an engineering solution to that and we are working on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: CrossCountry Rail Franchise (10 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: My hon. Friend is absolutely correct. Protecting the line at Dawlish is crucial and sends a broader signal that the south-west is open for business, with all the connectivity that implies. So this is a national priority. Essential work is under way now to repair four existing breakwaters in the area. We have committed £15 million for further development work. Ensuring that the line is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: CrossCountry Rail Franchise (10 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: I recognise entirely the crowding issues that the hon. Gentleman describes and has experienced personally, and which I have also experienced personally, so we are certainly looking to add capacity in the next franchise. We are also looking to add capacity before that franchise comes into force, if we can find it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: CrossCountry Rail Franchise (10 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: I am aware of the new rolling stock that is coming in to the west midlands; indeed, it is coming in across many parts of our network. We have a fantastic story on rolling stock coming in over the next two years. I will look at what my hon. Friend says and get back to him with an answer.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Manchester Oxford Road Station (10 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: Richard George was appointed by the Secretary of State to review the operational performance challenges on the railway in the north of England, following the introduction of the May 2018 timetable. That includes the performance of services operating through the Castlefield corridor, which includes Oxford Road. The Department continues to work with Transport for the North, Richard George and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Manchester Oxford Road Station (10 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: The problem, which is clearly there because the Castlefield corridor is a bottleneck on our network, will be solved using a variety of solutions, some of which will be technical. Funding has been set aside in CP6 and we are working on what that will be spent on.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Manchester Oxford Road Station (10 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: If any of the train operating companies is in breach of its franchise, there are mechanisms to hold it to account. Northern is run through the Rail North partnership, which is a combination of the Department for Transport and Transport for the North.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Travel: Affordability (10 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: The Department is very mindful of the affordability of rail services and we have capped regulated fares in line with inflation for the sixth year in a row. Last week we announced our intention to extend the 16-17 railcard, offering 50% off all rail journeys. Together with the recently launched 26-30 railcard, this means that everybody up to the age of 30 will have access to discounted rail fares.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Travel: Affordability (10 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: I am acutely aware that passengers across the north—and, indeed, other parts of our network—did see an unacceptable service in 2018. Those Northern passengers most directly affected received targeted compensation worth about 8%—obviously, far more than the increase that we have just seen. Further compensation funds are available. We are agreeing with Transport for the North about how...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Travel: Affordability (10 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: That would indeed be a very bold aspiration. Obviously, we want to make sure that we have a viable rail service. If we can offer greater value, we certainly will—that is why we have capped rail fares in line with inflation for the sixth year in a row. We are keen to offer value across the rail network wherever we can.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Travel: Affordability (10 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: If it is possible to deliver greater value, we will of course look at those opportunities. Part of the Williams review is about rail fares. I will make sure that my hon. Friend’s comments are fed over to Mr Williams for his consideration.


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