Results 101–120 of 3458 for speaker:Andrew Jones

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

Andrew Jones: This Government are investing at record levels in our rail network as part of the biggest rail modernisation programme for over a century to provide reliability and capacity. Passengers expect high-quality rail services, and we are committed to electrification where it delivers passenger benefits and value for money. We will also take advantage of state-of-the-art technology to improve services.

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

Andrew Jones: The work on Brexit is not in any way changing the delivery of service improvements across our rail network, and one has only to consider how much is happening across the network to prove that point. We are delivering a £50 million project to upgrade the north Wales railway, including a new signalling system, and rolling stock will be picked up as the franchise is renewed.

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

Andrew Jones: I do not accept the premise of the hon. Gentleman’s question. The transpennine route upgrade is a significant project and we are modernising the entire route. We will be investing £2.9 billion in the first phase of this ambitious upgrade, between Manchester, Leeds and York. The work will commence in the spring. It is the biggest single project of rail enhancement in this country during...

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

Andrew Jones: Well, I can tell the hon. Gentleman that we will not be cancelling HS2, which is a positive project that will generate significant extra capacity right across our network. It is part of a modern, 21st-century rail network. With regard to the midland main line, we do not need to electrify the whole line in order to deliver the journey improvements, and we will see passenger benefits from a...

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

Andrew Jones: That was absolute nonsense. Labour electrified 10 miles of existing network in all the 13 years it was in government. There has been more electrification in the north-west alone under this Government than in all those 13 years, so we will take no lessons from the Labour party on this. With regard to the transpennine upgrade, we are spending £2.9 billion. It is the biggest single project in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Public Transport: Sporting Events (10 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: Officials from my Department have met the Premier League, most recently in November, to discuss collaboration between the railway industry and football bodies to improve travel to and from football matches. The Rail Delivery Group is a key partner in that ongoing collaboration.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Public Transport: Sporting Events (10 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: The joint project involving the Rail Delivery Group, train operators, football bodies, supporters’ groups, British Transport police and the DFT has been set up to look into a range of issues around football-related train travel. That work includes the exploration of a flexible ticketing offer for supporters, including for when matches are rescheduled. I am happy to have a conversation with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Public Transport: Sporting Events (10 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: My right hon. Friend makes a very valuable point with which I entirely agree. We will look at this matter across the Department.

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

Andrew Jones: I entirely agree with my right hon. Friend that we want to see reliable services offering high capacity. She speaks well on behalf of her constituency. I will of course look into the matter and get back to her.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Skilled Workers (7 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: On 6 December, Government and industry published the Rail Sector Deal to strengthen collaboration and improve the productivity of the sector. The Government will take steps to provide even greater certainty to the rail industry about the profile of future spending, to give enhanced confidence to the industry to invest in Research & Development, people and skills. The industry is committed to:...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Repairs and Maintenance (7 Jan 2019)

Andrew Jones: Over the last five years a further 68 stations were added to the Department’s Access for All programme which provides an accessible route at selected stations. A further £300m has recently been made available to further extend the programme until at least 2024 and we will announce details of which stations will benefit from this in April. Details of individual Access for All projects are...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: South Eastern Rail Franchise (20 Dec 2018)

Andrew Jones: Officials at my Department are working to deliver the best outcome for passengers and the taxpayer. I have asked them to balance the importance of delivering the competition programme in a timely manner, alongside ensuring the successor franchisee will deliver the greatest benefits for passengers and taxpayers having been identified through the most robust process possible.

Delegated Legislation: Rail Fares: Cheltenham and London (19 Dec 2018)

Andrew Jones: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate. He is a great champion for Cheltenham, and all things in and around it, as we have just heard. He is most certainly a great campaigner on rail issues for Cheltenham, as I have found very early in my time in this role, and as my predecessors are all too aware. My hon. Friend made reference to the fact that passenger numbers in Cheltenham...

Delegated Legislation: Rail Fares: Cheltenham and London (19 Dec 2018)

Andrew Jones: Basically, yes I do; indeed, I am coming to that point. What I am trying to get across is that, as an industry as a whole—with industry colleagues—we can keep the sector as efficient as possible, continue the income through the farebox and plough that back in to make our rail network even better, with investment in infrastructure and rolling stock. As my hon. Friend highlighted, my...

Train Operating Companies: Yorkshire — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (19 Dec 2018)

Andrew Jones: It is always a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Dame Cheryl. I thank everybody who has contributed to this passionate debate, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Dewsbury (Paula Sherriff) on securing it. We all agree on the importance of our region and the critical role that rail plays in helping it reach its full potential. I have listened to representations about rail services...

Train Operating Companies: Yorkshire — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (19 Dec 2018)

Andrew Jones: I will come on to talk about fares and plans for the future, but let me focus on some of the points raised today. A number of colleagues raised a point about disabled access. As we know, our rail transport infrastructure is primarily Victorian. Successive Governments have run an Access for All investment programme, and that has continued, including a £300 million extension in the next...

Train Operating Companies: Yorkshire — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (19 Dec 2018)

Andrew Jones: As the hon. Lady knows, we have a system in which individual rail companies and the regulator have collective responsibility for these things, and that is what failed.

Train Operating Companies: Yorkshire — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (19 Dec 2018)

Andrew Jones: I have given way a lot, and I have a lot to get through if I am to get to the answers. I will make a bit more progress before I take more interventions. The May timetable change was a significant problem caused by ambition not being followed through with sufficient time to implement it properly—that obviously did not happen in the school of the hon. Member for Colne Valley (Thelma Walker)....

Train Operating Companies: Yorkshire — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (19 Dec 2018)

Andrew Jones: Passengers are at the heart of it. The point is for customers to be at the heart of the rail network, which of course includes such access, but I do not think that there will be any debate in that area. We all want there to be improved access. The points that the hon. Lady made about stations in her constituency are true—and they are, I am afraid, true for many of us. That is why...

Train Operating Companies: Yorkshire — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (19 Dec 2018)

Andrew Jones: Yes—although I am going to run out of time.


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