Results 121–140 of 3458 for speaker:Andrew Jones

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

Andrew Jones: I am always available for colleagues and am happy to arrange meetings. I know that engineering work is going on around the Christmas period this year, and I shall be going to see it. That is affecting the possibility of running Boxing day trains this year; but let us look to the future. I am happy to meet the hon. Gentleman. We shall shortly run out of time for debate, and I want to spend a...

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

Andrew Jones: I am going to run out of time in a minute.

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

Andrew Jones: My goodness—go on then.

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

Andrew Jones: That was a repetition of the point that the hon. Lady made earlier, so I do not need to address it. I gently remind hon. Members that we had a zero-growth franchise, which was put in place by the Labour party, and we are playing catch-up on under-investment. Labour Members may say that Labour invested steadily when it was in government, but the evidence is the exact opposite. We had a...

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

Andrew Jones: If I get time I shall come on to the trans-Pennine upgrades, but the core purpose of the CP6 investment, which is a record from any Government in British history, is to increase reliability and punctuality. The key thing that passengers will notice is new trains. New rolling stock will come in on Northern, TransPennine Express and London North Eastern Railway networks in the coming months,...

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

Andrew Jones: No, because I am running out of time. I have 50 seconds left. We have a trans-Pennine upgrade that is bigger than anything ever considered or delivered by Labour. We are delivering it for the north in a way that has never been considered before. Northern Powerhouse Rail, which some have called Crossrail for the north, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The scheme is being developed for the...

Govia: Moorgate to Welwyn Garden City Railway (18 Dec 2018)

Andrew Jones: It is always a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I thank my right hon. Friend the Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) and congratulate him on securing the debate. I recognise that he is a very long-standing campaigner on rail for his constituents; he detailed some of the things that he has achieved. I think that his constituents are incredibly well represented...

Govia: Moorgate to Welwyn Garden City Railway (18 Dec 2018)

Andrew Jones: My right hon. Friend is as wise and experienced in this matter as we would expect, and she is right to say that there was not a single cause of the failure from the timetable change in May. Everybody should be taking some responsibility for that, and my right hon. Friend is correct to highlight the franchise operator and Network Rail. We have of course had the Glaister review, which looked at...

Govia: Moorgate to Welwyn Garden City Railway (18 Dec 2018)

Andrew Jones: I will come on to that point. I would not go so far as to say that the statistics are meaningless, because they are part of the measures that we use to measure the performance of train operating companies. They are regularly scrutinised; indeed, I have found myself looking daily at the PPM by individual franchise, which is a habit I must get out of. This is monitored by the regulator and by...

Govia: Moorgate to Welwyn Garden City Railway (18 Dec 2018)

Andrew Jones: Of course, I will take a number of points back from this debate, as I do with any debate, and take action to help colleagues to improve their services. I undertake right away to do just that. We now have a timetable that appears robust and has landed well. We are continuing to monitor performance on a daily basis. My right hon. Friend has expressed concerns that Brookmans Park and Welham...

Govia: Moorgate to Welwyn Garden City Railway (18 Dec 2018)

Andrew Jones: I have been looking through the usage data, so I will look at his data with some interest, because it is not entirely consistent with the picture that I have been considering. Perhaps we are looking at different timescales, but I would be grateful if he would give me the data, so that I can compare and contrast. As it stands, I know that GTR has been in discussion with local rail users and...

Govia: Moorgate to Welwyn Garden City Railway (18 Dec 2018)

Andrew Jones: The Williams review is a bigger piece of work, but I also said that I would take back the points about Govia and TfL and keep my right hon. Friend informed. That is what I was referring to, so I have not missed it. Let me just finish by saying that the performance on Great Northern after May was unacceptable. Action has been taken against GTR in respect of that, and we continue to monitor...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Sheffield City Region (18 Dec 2018)

Andrew Jones: The Government recognise that the cost of travelling for rail passengers can seem high – this is why since 2014 we have taken action and capped the regulated rail fares in line with RPI inflation. Train fare revenue is crucial to funding day-to-day railway operations and delivering the investment and massive upgrade programme currently underway, all of which passengers demand and expect....

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Sheffield City region (18 Dec 2018)

Andrew Jones: During 2019 Northern will introduce new trains to provide increased capacity, modern interiors and wi-fi. New high quality trains will operate Northern Connect inter-regional express services. Routes include Sheffield to Leeds, Nottingham, Lincoln and Hull. The Pacer trains will be withdrawn during 2019. By 2020 all trains in the Northern fleet will be new or refurbished to “as new”...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Standards (18 Dec 2018)

Andrew Jones: Analysis is undertaken by industry with Network Rail being responsible for rail performance. Franchised operators have benchmarks for delays (Delay Minutes), cancellations and part cancellations (combined as Cancellations) within the Franchise Agreement. Franchised operators provide industry period (4-weekly) results to the Department against the FA benchmarks that set Moving Annual Average...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Derby Road Station (18 Dec 2018)

Andrew Jones: Greater Anglia is obligated to install at least one shelter per platform at Derby Road station by 31 December 2020. In addition, as the demand for this station by passengers grows, Greater Anglia would have to review whether their current facilities is appropriate for the footfall experienced by the station and make the appropriate changes.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Trains (17 Dec 2018)

Andrew Jones: The Industry set out in their rolling stock document (Long Term Passenger Rolling Stock Strategy 6th edition) that there will be more than 3,000 additional vehicles on the network by 2021 providing more capacity for passengers across the country. Passengers will see a step change in quality with the introduction of new fleets delivering modern travelling environments and features passengers...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Windsor (17 Dec 2018)

Andrew Jones: In March this year we launched a call for ideas for market-led proposals to enhance the railway that are financially credible without government support. The department has now considered and responded confidentially to all proposals, amongst which included a Windsor link. We are now working with promoters whose proposals fell within the scope of this call for ideas to progress their schemes.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: South Eastern Rail Franchise (17 Dec 2018)

Andrew Jones: The award for the next franchise will now be made in the new year. We are working to deliver the best possible outcome for passengers and taxpayers and are focused on delivering a successful outcome for the competition as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Disability (17 Dec 2018)

Andrew Jones: As a condition of their licence, train operating companies must publish a Disabled People’s Protection Policy which sets out the level of service they will provide to disabled passengers. This must be approved by and is monitored by the independent regulator, the Office of Road and Rail (ORR), who have the powers to take enforcement action where that service is not provided. Furthermore,...


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