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Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Zero Hours Contracts (23 May 2024)

Huw Merriman: Network Rail has Key Performance Indicators in its key labour contracts which measure the use of zero-hour contracts and encourages their reduction.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: North Wales Coast Line: Electrification (23 May 2024)

Huw Merriman: We are continuing to work closely with the rail industry to develop the Government priorities outlined in the Prime Minister’s Network North announcement, which includes an unprecedented £1 billion investment to fund the electrification of the North Wales Main Line. In February, the Transport Secretary hosted a meeting with local leaders in North Wales to discuss how HS2 savings will be...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Gobowen-Oswestry Railway Line (23 May 2024)

Huw Merriman: Under Network North, it was announced that the Oswestry to Gobowen line Restoring Your Railway scheme would progress to delivery, subject to successful business cases. Progress is being made with Network Rail and others on next steps, including on a schedule for development work and costs. The Department expects that such development work will begin in the coming months.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Access (23 May 2024)

Huw Merriman: As part of our recent Network North announcement, the Government confirmed £350m will be made available to improve the accessibility of our train stations. We are assessing over 300 nominations for Access for All funding. At stations awarded funding this will create an obstacle free, accessible route from the station entrance to platforms. Successful nominations will be announced in due course.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways (22 May 2024)

Huw Merriman: The Government is reforming the railways to ensure they are fit for the 21st century. Central to this is the establishment of Great British Railways (GBR). The legislation needed to establish Great British Railways is currently undergoing pre-legislative scrutiny and we have published the Government’s response to the legislation consultation. Once established, GBR will bring infrastructure,...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: WiFi (21 May 2024)

Huw Merriman: In general under the Department’s National Rail Contracts and Service Contracts, wifi quality standards are for train operators to determine. In 2020, the Department commissioned Transport Focus to undertake research of the availability and quality of internet and voice connectivity available to passengers. This provided a snapshot of the comparative performance. The choice of mobile...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Money (21 May 2024)

Huw Merriman: Ticket offices already accept multiple forms of payments including cash and some Ticket Vending Machines also accept cash. We will ensure that all passengers are able to continue to use cash to purchase tickets as work to modernise the retail and passenger experience at stations continues.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Trains: Batteries (20 May 2024)

Huw Merriman: The Government expects electrification to play an important role in our programme to achieve our Net Zero 2050 target, which is why since 2010, more than 1,250 miles of electrification has been delivered in Great Britain, including over 900 miles in England and Wales in the last 11 years. Alternative traction technologies, such as battery trains, will also play a key role in our approach to...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Avanti West Coast: Compensation (20 May 2024)

Huw Merriman: The Department publishes data for all operators on the amount of compensation paid by them as a result of train delays. The total refunded to passengers for each financial year 2019/20 to 2022/23 can be found on the Government website at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/train-operating-c ompanies-passengers-charter-compensation/train-operating-com...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: North of England (20 May 2024)

Huw Merriman: Funding from Network North will go to a combination of projects including additional funding to existing work, restarting important work that had previously been paused, and to new projects and schemes that are being developed, as set out in the announcement. Many schemes included in Network North have been announced, with projects due to be delivered at various times over the next decade and...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways (20 May 2024)

Huw Merriman: The Government is reforming the railways to ensure they are fit for the 21st century. Central to this is the establishment of Great British Railways (GBR). The Draft Rail Reform Bill, which is needed to establish GBR, is undergoing pre legislative scrutiny. Alongside this, we are delivering for passengers, freight customers and taxpayers now, for example simplifying ticketing and fares and...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: North of England (16 May 2024)

Huw Merriman: Projects have different business cases during their life cycle. Since the Government announced Network North on 4 October, the Department has been working closely with delivery bodies to establish plans for delivery. Announcements on progress of business cases and delivery will be made as schemes develop.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Tickets (16 May 2024)

Huw Merriman: The Plan for Rail proposes the biggest shake-up of rail in a generation. We have already made progress on fares and ticketing reforms, for example introducing flexible season tickets, expanding single leg pricing to most of London North Eastern Railway’s (LNER) network and committing to Pay As You Go (PAYG) in urban areas across the country. In February we announced that PAYG pilots in...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Rolling Stock: Manufacturing Industries (16 May 2024)

Huw Merriman: My Department has met Hitachi Rail’s UK management team several times in recent months to discuss workload at the company’s Newton Aycliffe site. We remain keen to discuss options with Hitachi as it seeks to secure a sustainable long-term future for its site.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Standards (16 May 2024)

Huw Merriman: Performance varies across the network and is dependent on both reliable infrastructure and strong operator performance. Where we have both, as on Anglia, passengers enjoy great performance and I’m clear this is the standard for all operators to achieve working with their Network Rail route counterparts. I regularly meet Network Rail and train operators to encourage greater collaboration on...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: East Coast Main Line: Timetables (16 May 2024)

Huw Merriman: I met with the rail industry to discuss the delay to the upgrade timetable and how the improvements can be delivered as soon as possible. I have made clear the importance of Network Rail continuing to develop a process for eventually delivering this timetable and realising the benefits of £4 billion investment in infrastructure and rolling stock on the route.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Manufacturing Industries (16 May 2024)

Huw Merriman: The Government is committed to supporting a thriving UK-based rolling stock industry. The Department for Transport works closely with rolling stock owners and train operators to understand when new trains are likely to be required and seeks to ensure a regular flow of work for train manufacturers. Trains are major assets with a lifetime of 35-40 years so there will naturally be peaks and...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Line: Euston Station (16 May 2024)

Huw Merriman: The Government remains committed to delivering a privately financed HS2 Euston station as part of a transformed ‘Euston Quarter’ outlined in the Network North paper. The Department continues to define and develop a range of development models and financing mechanisms to best meet the objectives of the ‘Euston Quarter’. This includes consideration of options for using alternative...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Strikes (16 May 2024)

Huw Merriman: Negotiations must take place between the employer, which the Rail Delivery Group has done on behalf of the train operators, and the trade union over its dispute. The Government has no role in these negotiations and discussions. We remain committed to supporting the parties in the resolution of industrial action and the Secretary of State and I have previously met with all the rail unions to...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Question (16 May 2024)

Huw Merriman: Given the complexity of the Strengthening works and the rising projected costs, Ministers are considering next steps and will make a final decision on the business case in due course. In the meantime, my Department is continuing to work productively with both the Borough and Transport for London to ensure the eventual reopening of Hammersmith Bridge to all users, subject to cost. The...


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