Department for Transport

We work with our agencies and partners to support the transport network that helps the UK’s businesses and gets people and goods travelling around the country. We plan and invest in transport infrastructure to keep the UK on the move.



Secretary of State

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Mark Harper
Secretary of State for Transport

Shadow Ministers / Spokeperson
Democratic Unionist Party
Paul Girvan (DUP - South Antrim)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport)

Scottish National Party
Gavin Newlands (SNP - Paisley and Renfrewshire North)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Transport)

Liberal Democrat
Baroness Randerson (LD - Life peer)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Transport)

Plaid Cymru
Liz Saville Roberts (PC - Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Transport)

Labour
Louise Haigh (Lab - Sheffield, Heeley)
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

Liberal Democrat
Wera Hobhouse (LD - Bath)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Transport)

Labour
Lord Liddle (Lab - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Transport)
Junior Shadow Ministers / Deputy Spokesperson
Labour
Mike Kane (Lab - Wythenshawe and Sale East)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Lord Tunnicliffe (Lab - Life peer)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Simon Lightwood (Lab - Wakefield)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Stephen Morgan (Lab - Portsmouth South)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Bill Esterson (Lab - Sefton Central)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Ministers of State
Huw Merriman (Con - Bexhill and Battle)
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Anthony Browne (Con - South Cambridgeshire)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
Guy Opperman (Con - Hexham)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
Lord Davies of Gower (Con - Life peer)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
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21 Mar 2024, 9:30 a.m.
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Friday 23rd February 2024
Select Committee Inquiry
Friday 30th June 2023
Future of transport data

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Written Answers
Thursday 22nd February 2024
Motorway Service Areas: Charging Points
To ask His Majesty's Government how many motorway service stations do not have chargepoints for electric vehicles.
Secondary Legislation
Wednesday 21st February 2024
Bills
Wednesday 8th November 2023
Pedicabs (London) Bill [HL] 2023-24
A Bill to make provision for regulating pedicabs in public places in Greater London; and for connected purposes.
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Department for Transport Commons Appearances

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Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
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Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

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Feb. 20
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Westminster Hall
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Bills currently before Parliament

Introduced: 8th November 2023

A Bill to regulate the use of automated vehicles on roads and in other public places; and to make other provision in relation to vehicle automation.

Lords Completed
Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Tuesday 20th February 2024
Next Event - 2nd Reading
Tuesday 5th March 2024
Introduced: 8th November 2023

A Bill to make provision for regulating pedicabs in public places in Greater London; and for connected purposes.

Lords Completed
Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 7th February 2024
Next Event - 2nd Reading
Wednesday 28th February 2024
Introduced: 24th January 2022

A Bill to make provision for a railway between a junction with Phase 2a of High Speed 2 south of Crewe in Cheshire and Manchester Piccadilly Station; for a railway between Hoo Green in Cheshire and a junction with the West Coast Main Line at Bamfurlong, south of Wigan; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 60%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Wednesday 8th November 2023

Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament

Introduced: 6th July 2022

A Bill to make provision in relation to the remuneration of seafarers who do not qualify for the national minimum wage

This Bill received Royal Assent on 23rd March 2023 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 9th January 2020

A Bill to make provision about airspace change proposals and about the licensing regime for air traffic services under Part 1 of the Transport Act 2000, to confer police powers relating to unmanned aircraft and requirements in Air Navigation Orders and to provide for fixed penalties for certain offences relating to unmanned aircraft

This Bill received Royal Assent on 29th April 2021 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 17th July 2017

A Bill to make provision for a railway between a junction with Phase One of High Speed 2, near Fradley Wood in Staffordshire, and a junction with the West Coast Main Line near Crewe in Cheshire; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 11th February 2021 and was enacted into law.

Department for Transport - Secondary Legislation

These Regulations amend Regulation (EU) 2018/858, Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/683 and Commission Regulation (EU)1003/2010.
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Petitions

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If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

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To not decide to scrap free travel for those who are under 18. As a teenager who has relied so much on free travel, it has allowed for me to go to school without the worry of an extra expense and explore around the beautiful city of London also. Destroying free travel would hurt so many of us.

We ask Parliament to repeal the High Speed Rail Bills, 2016 and 2019, as MPs voted on misleading environmental, financial and timetable information provided by the Dept of Transport and HS2 Ltd. It fails to address the conditions of the Paris Accord and costs have risen from £56bn to over £100bn.

The Government’s modernising vehicle standards proposal suggested new offences for tampering with a system, part or component of a vehicle intended or adapted to be used on a road. This could have a hugely detrimental impact on the UK motorsport and custom aftermarket industry.

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Departmental Select Committee

Transport Committee

Commons Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.


11 Members of the Transport Committee
Iain Stewart Portrait
Iain Stewart (Conservative - Milton Keynes South)
Transport Committee Chair since 16th November 2022
Greg Smith Portrait
Greg Smith (Conservative - Buckingham)
Transport Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Gavin Newlands Portrait
Gavin Newlands (Scottish National Party - Paisley and Renfrewshire North)
Transport Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Grahame Morris Portrait
Grahame Morris (Labour - Easington)
Transport Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Karl McCartney Portrait
Karl McCartney (Conservative - Lincoln)
Transport Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Ben Bradshaw Portrait
Ben Bradshaw (Labour - Exeter)
Transport Committee Member since 22nd February 2021
Jack Brereton Portrait
Jack Brereton (Conservative - Stoke-on-Trent South)
Transport Committee Member since 25th October 2022
Paul Howell Portrait
Paul Howell (Conservative - Sedgefield)
Transport Committee Member since 21st November 2022
Sara Britcliffe Portrait
Sara Britcliffe (Conservative - Hyndburn)
Transport Committee Member since 17th July 2023
Mick Whitley Portrait
Mick Whitley (Labour - Birkenhead)
Transport Committee Member since 20th November 2023
Fabian Hamilton Portrait
Fabian Hamilton (Labour - Leeds North East)
Transport Committee Member since 20th November 2023
Transport Committee: Previous Inquiries
Young and novice drivers Coronavirus: implications for transport e-scooters HS2: update NATS: failure in air traffic management systems Railway network disruption over Christmas Work of the Department for Transport 2010-15 The work of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Volkswagen Group emissions violations Operation Stack inquiry Vehicle type approval inquiry All lane running inquiry Surface transport to airports inquiry Road traffic law enforcement inquiry Road haulage sector: Skills and workforce planning inquiry Maritime Policy and Coastguard Modernisation inquiry The Department for Transport and rail policy Investing in the railway NATS inquiry Network Rail: update Strategic river crossings Motoring of the future Smaller airports Government motoring agencies - the user perspective Transport's winter resilience: Christmas 2013 Transport's winter resilience: rail flooding Security on the railway The cost of motor insurance: whiplash Airports Commission: Interim Report Draft National Policy Statement on National Networks Cycling safety: follow up High Speed Rail: follow up Offshore helicopter safety Access to ports Transport and the Olympics The work of the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) Local authority parking enforcement Cost of motor insurance: whiplash Aviation Strategy Competition in the local bus market Access to transport for people with disabilities Low Carbon Vehicles Marine Pilotage Land Transport Security Road Freight Road Safety Rail 2020 Rail franchising Transport's winter resilience The Work of Network Rail Local decision making on transport spending Better roads Maritime strategy Safety at level crossings Drink & drug driving law Transport and the economy Cost of motor insurance Bus services after the Spending Review Licensing of taxis and private hire vehicles Effective road and traffic management Impact on transport of adverse weather conditions Sulphur emissions by ships Cable theft on the railway Work of the DVLA and DSA Draft Civil Aviation Bill Flight time limitations Air Travel Organisers' Licensing (ATOL) reform Coastguard Service Regional breakdown of public transport expenditure Cancellation of the InterCity West Coast franchise competition Passenger transport in isolated communities Cancelled Rail electrification schemes inquiry Intercity East Coast rail franchise inquiry Traffic Commissioners inquiry Active travel inquiry Local roads funding and governance Pre-appointment hearing on ORR inquiry Rail timetable changes inquiry BMW vehicle recall inquiry Freight and Brexit inquiry Health of the bus market inquiry Network Rail priorities inquiry Taxi and private hire reform in England inquiry HS2: update with Allan Cook inquiry Pavement parking inquiry Road Safety inquiry Trains fit for the future? inquiry The work of Highways England inquiry Williams Rail Review inquiry Priorities of the new Secretary of State for Transport inquiry Departmental policy and performance: Update with the Secretary of State inquiry Railways: Update with the Rail Minister inquiry Road safety: young and novice drivers inquiry Road safety: mobile phones inquiry Community Transport inquiry Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) inquiry Policy priorities for the Department for Transport inquiry Aviation and Brexit inquiry Mobility as a Service inquiry Rail infrastructure investment inquiry National Drowning Prevention Strategy one-off session Transocean Winner incident and emergency towing vessels one-off session Maritime Growth Study inquiry Airspace management and modernisation inquiry Vauxhall vehicle fires one-off session Airports National Policy Statement inquiry Volkswagen emissions follow-up session Drones inquiry HS2: CH2M contract one-off session Rail compensation one-off session Rail franchising inquiry Rail technology: signalling and traffic management inquiry Improving the rail passenger experience inquiry Airport expansion in the South East inquiry Bus Services Bill inquiry Urban congestion inquiry Departmental priorities and annual report and accounts one-off session High Speed Two one-off session Rail safety inquiry Vauxhall Zafira B fires one-off session Trains fit for the future? Self-driving vehicles Accessible transport: legal obligations National Networks National Policy Statement Strategic road investment Our future transport Minimum service levels for rail Future of transport data Strategic transport objectives Active travel Departmental policy and performance: Update with the Secretary of State Health of the bus market Local roads funding and governance Pavement parking Priorities of the new Secretary of State for Transport Railways: Update with the Rail Minister Road Safety Road safety: mobile phones Road safety: young and novice drivers Trains fit for the future? Williams Rail Review The work of Highways England

50 most recent Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department

8th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government how many motorway service stations do not have chargepoints for electric vehicles.

Out of 114 motorway service areas in England, only three do not have any open-access (can be used with any vehicle) chargepoints. These are Leicester Forest East Southbound, Leicester Forest East Northbound and Tebay Southbound. However, Tebay Southbound does have Tesla only chargepoints.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential impact of Avanti West Coast’s decision to end cash payments for onboard catering on (a) people without payment cards, (b) employment levels of train catering staff, (c) elderly people and (d) people from lower income groups.

It would be for Avanti West Coast, prior to introducing such a change, to adequately assess the impact on its passengers and staff.

Huw Merriman
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department is taking steps to introduce new measures to help reduce emissions from surface transport by 2030.

In March 2023, the Government published an internationally unprecedented level of detail on its plans to meet emission reduction commitments, including those from surface transport. The Carbon Budget Delivery Plan sets out the policies and quantified carbon reductions needed to meet carbon budgets 4 and 5, and the vast majority of reductions needed to meet our commitments into the 2030s. The Department regularly reviews transport’s decarbonisation policies to ensure we are on track, and are committed to publishing our progress and reviewing our net zero pathway at least every five years.

Anthony Browne
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his planned timetable is for the publication of guidance for local authorities on 20mph speed limits.

The Department is finalising the details to the guidance update on setting local speed limits and in respect of 20mph speed limits, as announced in the Plan for Drivers. This will be published in due course.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the (a) operational performance benchmarks and (b) default performance levels for train operating companies on National Rail contracts.

The Department holds operators to account for their performance through the National Rail Contracts. Whilst the Department does not publish details of operational performance benchmarks, we require operators to publish performance metrics on their websites and will publish annual performance fees on gov.uk once all performance fees are finalised.

Huw Merriman
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which train operating companies are not meeting contractual benchmarks for service quality.

Train operators are required to publish their Service Quality Regime (SQR) results on their websites each reporting period, alongside the contractual benchmarks.

The Department regularly discusses and reviews service quality performance with all operators and can take further action where scores are consistently below benchmark. Underperformance also impacts upon the amount of annual performance fee earned by private sector operators.

Huw Merriman
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which train operating companies have notified him that they have not met contractually agreed benchmarks for service quality since 18 September 2022.

Train operators are required to publish their Service Quality Regime (SQR) results on their websites each reporting period, alongside the contractual benchmarks.

The Department regularly discusses and reviews service quality performance with all operators and can take further action where scores are consistently below benchmark. Underperformance also impacts upon the amount of annual performance fee earned by private sector operators.

Huw Merriman
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Avanti West Coast on levels of train cancellations.

Officials meet Avanti West Coast’s (AWC) senior management regularly and will continue to closely monitor AWC’s progress to a sustained recovery, restoring services reliably on the West Coast and delivering the kind of service passengers rightly expect. The Rail Minister met with AWC’s Managing Director in January to challenge the operator on its operational resilience and review its plans for continued recovery in 2024. We will always hold AWC responsible for matters within its control.

Huw Merriman
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2024 to Question 13142 on Fishing Vessels: Surveillance, what the cost of flights were for DWF lawyers in 2023.

There has been no cost for flights for DWF lawyers in 2023.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to enforce pedestrian priority at pedestrian crossing points without traffic control measures as set out in the update to the Highway Code in January 2022.

The Highway Code changes to improve road safety for people walking, cycling, and riding horses aim to initiate a positive shift in road user behaviour, by making road users aware of their responsibility to use roads safely and reduce the danger they may pose to others.

Enforcement of the law is a matter for the police, who will decide on the evidence of each individual case, whether an offence has been committed and the appropriate action to take.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
16th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2024 to Question 12372 on High Speed 2 Line: Costs, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of (a) acquiring and (b) managing (i) land and (ii) property associated with HS2 Phase 2 in (A) financial year 2024-25 and (B) the next five years.

Details regarding HS2 budgets for financial year 2024-25 are still being finalised. Funding regarding the period beyond FY2024-25 will be subject to an agreement of the next fiscal event.

Huw Merriman
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2023 to Question 6204, what his planned timetable is for the 2024 review of the Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Fund.

Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) Fund progress tracking takes place regularly. This includes reporting from local authorities who receive LEVI funding, which they are required to provide to the Department.

Alongside this regular monitoring, the first evaluation activities relating to the LEVI Fund commenced in late 2023, in the form of engagement with Capital Fund applicants. Upcoming evaluation activities include interviews with stakeholders and a follow up survey with Capital Fund applicants, Pilot and Capability Fund recipients. A final report later this year will summarise findings and will be published in accordance with the GSR Publication Protocol.

Anthony Browne
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
13th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the work on the section of HS2 from Old Oak Common to Euston can be funded by the private sector without taxpayer funding; and what are the sources of funding for continuing work on (1) preparing for tunnelling main bores from Old Oak Common towards Euston, and (2) installing boring machines for above main bores.

As set out in Network North, the Government remains committed to delivering HS2 between Birmingham and Euston in central London as planned. The Government’s ambition remains to make best use of funding from alternative sources to enable the delivery of HS2 to Euston and the creation of a transformed ‘Euston Quarter’. Government continues to define and develop a range of development models and financing mechanisms to best meet the objectives of the ‘Euston Quarter’ while delivering value for money for the taxpayer. This includes consideration of options for using alternative funding to cover the section of HS2 from Old Oak Common to Euston.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
14th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what is their most recent assessment of the expected cost of HS2, and what assessment they have made of whether this represents good value for money.

The most recent cost assessment of the HS2 programme was published in November 2023 through the six-monthly update to Parliament. The Department will provide a Value for Money assessment via an update to the Phase One Business Case, due in the course of 2024.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether all (a) buildings and (b) workplaces staff from their Department occupy have a suitable and sufficient risk assessment under Section 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

All buildings and workplaces have a risk assessment in place. These are reviewed at suitable intervals or when any changes are made to the infrastructure or working practices.

Anthony Browne
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Gower on 12 February (HL1997), whether rules similar to Network Rail's code of acceptance for commercial advertising apply to non-commercial displays of political messaging.

The rules of Network Rail’s code of acceptance for commercial advertising apply to non-commercial displays.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
7th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to encourage or support merchant nuclear shipping.

The Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution announced the Advanced Nuclear Fund of up to £385 million to invest in the next generation of nuclear technologies. This includes up to £215 million for Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) to develop a domestic smaller-scale power plant technology design, and up to £170 million for a research and development programme to deliver an Advanced Modular Reactor (AMR) demonstration by the early 2030s. In the Net Zero Strategy the Government announced up to £120 million for a new Future Nuclear Enabling Fund to provide targeted support to address barriers to entry.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
9th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to mitigate the rising cost of insurance for electric and hybrid vehicles.

Department for Transport officials regularly liaise with representatives of the motor insurance industry on a variety of issues such as the cost of insurance.

It is the responsibility of individual motor insurers to set their premiums and the terms and conditions of their policies, and the Government does not intervene or seek to control the market.

However, the Department will continue to engage with motor insurance stakeholders to understand the challenges facing motor insurance providers and any potential solutions. The Government is determined that insurers should treat customers fairly, and firms are required to do so under the Financial Conduct Authority rules.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government has made representations to the International Maritime Organisation on the potential merits of classifying pre-production plastic pellets, nurdles, as a hazardous shipment.

Yes, the Government has made representations to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on the classification of plastic pellets as harmful substances.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), which provides the UK’s representation to the IMO, has been actively involved in the discussions about, and development of, both voluntary and mandatory measures for the transport by sea of plastic pellets. The UK, in conjunction with a number of other IMO member states, has submitted a proposal to the IMO to amend the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) in order to identify plastic pellets as a harmful substance and to establish mandatory requirements for their transport by sea.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent comparative assessment his Department has made of the number and proportion of breakdowns in which there is a (a) collision and (b) death on (i) smart and (ii) other motorways.

Collisions across all motorway types that involve a stopped vehicles account for 3.9% of all collisions on the strategic road network. The causes of such a stopped vehicle can be due to breakdown or various other reasons.

The information sought is not held in the requested format. Breakdown information is not captured by the Department to this level of detail when compared with other road traffic collision data.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many zero emission buses had been allocated Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas funding as of 6 February 2024; and how many of those buses (a) have been ordered and (b) are on the road as of that date.

The following table presents information on the number of zero emission buses funded through the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas 1 (ZEBRA 1) programme by local transport authority. The numbers in this table are not official statistics: they are based on the latest information available and are therefore indicative and subject to change.

ZEBRA 1 funding was awarded in March 2022 for local transport authorities except Oxfordshire who received funding in December 2022.

Local Transport Authority

Number of buses funded

Number of buses ordered

Number of buses in service

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

30

30

30

Kent County Council

33

33

0

Leicester City Council

116

116

74

Warrington Borough Council

105

105

0

South Yorkshire Combined Authority

27

27

0

Norfolk County Council

70

70

26

North Yorkshire County Council

39

39

0

Portsmouth City Council & Hampshire County Council

62

62

0

Blackpool Council

90

0

0

Nottingham City Council

68

48

0

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

170

170

0

Hertfordshire County Council

27

0

0

West Midlands Combined Authority

124

0

0

City of York Council

53

53

27

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

136

119

0

Oxfordshire County Council

159

159

9

1,309

1,031

166

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
7th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has uplifted the Government contribution for the Tyne Bridge and Central Motorway A167 (M) road works from 85% to 100%.

The Prime Minister’s ‘Network North’ announcement in early October included the Tyne Bridge and Central Motorway A167 (M) scheme. The Department for Transport are finalising plans for this scheme’s uplift, and the Council will be contacted in due course. All schemes will continue to be subject to the Department's standard business case rules.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
7th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an urgent decision on the full business case relating to the Middlewich Eastern Bypass to facilitate the commencement of construction.

Officials at DfT are assessing the business case of the scheme and will provide advice on whether to approve it as soon as possible.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to help prevent fatal road accidents in (a) rural and (b) urban areas.

Britain’s roads are some of the safest in the world, but we are always looking at ways to help keep drivers and all road users safe. To date, £147.5 million has been allocated to Local Authorities (LAs) in England via the Government's Safer Roads Fund. This has been targeted at improving the safety of over 80 of the most high-risk, rural, and urban ‘A’ roads.

The Department for Transport is working closely with Local Authorities (LAs) and the Road Safety Foundation to provide tailored safety interventions specific to each road’s risk; encouraging safe system principles and improving infrastructure for active travel. This scheme is expected to save 2,200 lives over the next 20 years and is already improving safety for all road users.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
7th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of rail reform on levels of customer satisfaction by 2030.

Rail reform is tackling the challenges facing the railways to create a customer-focused, commercially led industry. This should significantly improve customer experience between now and 2030.

Huw Merriman
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
7th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Motorcycle Industry Association's publication entitled Realising the full potential of zero emission powered light vehicles – a joint action plan for Government and industry, published in February 2022 what steps his Department is taking to improve uptake of mopeds.

The Government’s Plug-in Motorcycle Grant encourages early market growth of zero emission powered light vehicles. It has supported the purchase of over 12,000 zero emission powered light vehicles, and according to our registration data, 40.6% of mopeds registered in 2022 were battery electric. All grants remain under continual review to ensure best value for money.

Anthony Browne
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
7th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department provides support for rail fares for school trips.

All children under 16 receive 50 per cent off most adult fares and, in 2019, we introduced the 16-17 Saver railcard extending this to 16 and 17 year-olds, meaning that a 50 per cent discount is available to children throughout their period of compulsory education and training. Some operators also have dedicated discounts for group travel with some offering substantial savings for groups of 10 or more people.

Huw Merriman
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
7th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he last met representatives of (a) Belfast International, (b) Belfast City and (c) Londonderry airport.

DfT Ministers and officials meet regularly with representatives of the airports mentioned and have engaged with all three in the last year. The Secretary of State met with the Belfast City Airport Executive Team on 14 February 2023. This visit to the airport also included a tour of Belfast City Airport’s airside facility and meeting the airport leadership team.

Anthony Browne
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
7th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on delivering the Joint Action Plan on Realising the Full Potential of Zero Emission Powered Light Vehicles.

The Government continues to engage with industry to deliver the joint Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) and Zemo Partnership Action Plan where appropriate. To address actions 2 and 3 on growing and developing the supply chain, the Government made up to £350,000 of funding available for research and development projects to grow the zero emission motorcycle supply chain in the UK. The Department is also working with the recently established “Powered Light Vehicle Community” to address action 9 on creating a formal L-category community. In addition, the Department is engaged with the MCIA’s recent licensing review proposals to address action 6 to review minimum testing and licence entitlements for all battery electric L-Category vehicles.

Anthony Browne
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when will the Road Safety Investigation Branch be formed.

The Government has introduced the Automated Vehicles Bill to Parliament, which includes proposed legislation to enable the creation of a capability within my department to investigate safety incidents involving at least one self-driving vehicle.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which of the commitments in the 2021 Transport Decarbonisation Plan have been (a) completed and (b) abandoned; and when he plans to complete each of the remaining commitments.

The Government’s 2021 Transport Decarbonisation Plan (TDP) set out 78 commitments to support decarbonisation of the UK’s transport system by 2050. Since then, significant progress has been made with over a third of these commitments having been delivered or exceeded within three years. For example, the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate entered into force in January 2024 - the world’s most ambitious national level regulation of its kind. We regularly review our transport decarbonisation policies to ensure they are on track and are committed to publishing our progress and reviewing our net zero pathway at least every five years.

Anthony Browne
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
7th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of Motorcycle Industry Association's proposals to simplify the licensing regime for powered light vehicles.

The Government is open to discussing ideas for reform of the existing licensing regime for powered light vehicles known as L category vehicles where they do not compromise safety standards. It is also worth highlighting that driving licensing is a devolved matter in Northern Ireland.

Anthony Browne
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
1st Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government when they will provide the full funds to upgrade the rail junctions at Haughley and Ely; and on what timetable they expect the works to be completed.

The recently announced Network North programme of investment included confirmation of government’s support for the Ely Area Capacity Enhancement (EACE) programme and upgrading Haughley Junction, and the substantial benefits this will bring, including a doubling of passenger services on the Ely to Kings Lynn and Ipswich to Peterborough routes together with additional freight paths into the Port of Felixstowe.

Network Rail have developed the scheme to Outline Business Case stage; next steps will involve further investment case development and delivery planning.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
7th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of completing the first phase of HS2; and what is the projected completion date.

As set out in the Network North command paper, for the historic Phase 1 scope DfT officials have estimated a provisional range of £45 billion to £54 billion.

Given these cost assessments were made before the decision was taken to cancel Phase 2, the Department has asked HS2 Ltd to consider the revised scope of the project and provide an action plan on how it will deliver this at the lowest reasonable cost. We will be able to provide more information in due course.

Delivery remains on track for the initial high-speed services between Old Oak Common in west London and Birmingham Curzon Street by 2029 to 2033. An updated delivery-into-service range for services to Euston will be provided in due course.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they keep records of the occasions when oil tankers in the English Channel have turned off their transponders.

This data is not regularly collated in this form. The Joint Maritime Security Centre provides regular reporting on vessels of interest in the UK Marine Area.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government whether emergency planning is in hand in the event of an uninsured tanker leaking oil in British waters.

Regardless of the insurance status of a vessel, the UK has well-established plans/protocols for the response to an oil spill. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is the National Competent Authority for at-sea pollution response. MCA Counter Pollution and Salvage (CPS), under the direction of HM Coastguard, are custodians of the national pollution response resources which comprise specialist oil containment and recovery equipment and dispersant. These are supported by manned aircraft for spill surveillance, verification and quantification and aerial dispersant spraying capability. Personnel and resources are in place 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year and provide an incident management and response capability anywhere within the UK’s Exclusive Economic Zone. Regular exercises are undertaken to test national multi-agency spill response procedures.

Whilst shoreline pollution response is led by local authorities and devolved nations, MCA CPS will support pollution response along the UK shoreline using nationally held containment and recovery capability held in the stockpiles.

Incident management, specialist response teams, and liaison personnel are also available and will be activated by the MCA as required. As with at-sea pollution response, regular engagement with local authorities in response exercises is undertaken. The resources held by the MCA are commensurate with a Tier 3 national response requirement as described within the National Contingency Plan for Pollution from Shipping and Offshore Installations.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of ships in the ‘dark fleet’ passing through the English Channel carrying Russian oil and oil products in (1) 2020, (2) 2021, (3) 2022, and (4) 2023.

Definitions of the ‘shadow fleet’ or ‘dark fleet’ vary and so it is not possible to provide accurate figures in relation to the English Channel. This practice has emerged since the introduction of the Russian Oil Services ban and Oil Price Cap Exception by the Price Cap Coalition of the G7, the European Union and Australia in December 2022.

However, the Joint Maritime Security Centre provides Department for Transport officials with daily vessel tracking reports for Vessels of Interest within or thought to be heading towards the UK Marine Area. This can include ships where a Russian link is identified, or where the vessel has transited from a Russian port, or engaged in a Ship-to-Ship transfer with a vessel which has departed from a Russian port.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
1st Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department for Transport on 28 November 2023 (3453), what plans they have to grow and develop the supply chain for L-Category vehicles this year.

The Government has ongoing engagement with the UK’s L-category industry and rider group representatives, particularly in support of its transition to zero emissions.

The Government welcomed the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) and Zemo Partnership’s joint action plan when published in February 2022 and has been supporting its delivery where appropriate.

In support of actions 2 and 3 the Government made up to £350,000 of funding available for research and development projects to develop and grow the zero emission motorcycle component and system supply chain in the UK.

In response to action 6, the Department is engaged with the MCIA’s recent licensing review proposals for all battery electric L-Category vehicles. The Department continues to work with the recently established “Powered Light Vehicle Community” to address action 9.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
1st Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department for Transport on 28 November 2023 (3453), how much they will invest in growing and developing the L-Category supply chain this year.

The Government has ongoing engagement with the UK’s L-category industry and rider group representatives, particularly in support of its transition to zero emissions.

The Government welcomed the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) and Zemo Partnership’s joint action plan when published in February 2022 and has been supporting its delivery where appropriate.

In support of actions 2 and 3 the Government made up to £350,000 of funding available for research and development projects to develop and grow the zero emission motorcycle component and system supply chain in the UK.

In response to action 6, the Department is engaged with the MCIA’s recent licensing review proposals for all battery electric L-Category vehicles. The Department continues to work with the recently established “Powered Light Vehicle Community” to address action 9.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
1st Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Secretary of State at the Department for Transport on 28 November 2023 (3453), what support they plan to give the L-Category community this year.

The Government has ongoing engagement with the UK’s L-category industry and rider group representatives, particularly in support of its transition to zero emissions.

The Government welcomed the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) and Zemo Partnership’s joint action plan when published in February 2022 and has been supporting its delivery where appropriate.

In support of actions 2 and 3 the Government made up to £350,000 of funding available for research and development projects to develop and grow the zero emission motorcycle component and system supply chain in the UK.

In response to action 6, the Department is engaged with the MCIA’s recent licensing review proposals for all battery electric L-Category vehicles. The Department continues to work with the recently established “Powered Light Vehicle Community” to address action 9.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
1st Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport on 28 November 2023 (3453), what assessment they have made of their current role in the L-Category community.

The Government has ongoing engagement with the UK’s L-category industry and rider group representatives, particularly in support of its transition to zero emissions.

The Government welcomed the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) and Zemo Partnership’s joint action plan when published in February 2022 and has been supporting its delivery where appropriate.

In support of actions 2 and 3 the Government made up to £350,000 of funding available for research and development projects to develop and grow the zero emission motorcycle component and system supply chain in the UK.

In response to action 6, the Department is engaged with the MCIA’s recent licensing review proposals for all battery electric L-Category vehicles. The Department continues to work with the recently established “Powered Light Vehicle Community” to address action 9.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
31st Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the condition of the road network in England, particularly with regard to potholes, and (2) the efficacy of measures designed to address such road maintenance issues.

Local highway authorities including Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire County Councils have a duty under Section 41 of the Highways Act 1980 (as amended) to maintain the highways network in their area. Dealing with any compensation claims due to possible defects, including potholes, on the highway network is entirely the responsibility of the relevant highway authority, and the Department has made no formal assessment of this matter.

The Department is providing over £1 billion of highway maintenance capital grant funding to local authorities in the current financial year. This funding goes to eligible local highway authorities across England, outside of London and the mayoral combined authorities who are in receipt of City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements. As a result of the funding increases announced at Budget 2023 and in the Prime Minister’s Network North programme, local highway authorities in England are generally receiving around 30% more highway maintenance funding from the Department for Transport in the current financial year than in the previous financial year. The Network North programme includes an unprecedented increase of £8.3 billion for local highway maintenance over the period up to 2033/34 to help fix the blight of potholes on our local highway networks up and down the country.

Funding allocations for all eligible local authorities are published on gov.uk. Gloucestershire County Council received a total of £29.1 million of highway maintenance capital grant funding, and Oxfordshire County Council a total of £27.2 million, in the 2023/24 financial year. In each case this was an increase of around 30% compared to the 2022/23 financial year. The Department for Transport has asked local highway authorities to publish on their websites by 15 March 2024 plans setting out how the additional Network North highway maintenance funding will be used, and thereafter quarterly reports on how the funding has been spent.

The Department takes the condition of local roads very seriously. Well-planned, proactive, and good quality maintenance works are vital in preventing prevent potholes and other defects from forming. Councils that do this effectively get better value for every pound spent.

To ensure transparency in the condition of our local road networks, road condition statistics are published annually by the Department and are available on gov.uk. The Government is working with the British Standards Institution and the Transport Research Laboratory to develop a new data standard for assessing road condition to help local authorities identify, assess, and deal with road defects, including potholes.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
31st Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what sums they have provided for the purposes of road maintenance to (1) Oxfordshire, and (2) Gloucestershire, county councils in the most recent financial year for which figures are available; and what assessment they have made of the extent to which this money has actually been spent on road maintenance.

Local highway authorities including Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire County Councils have a duty under Section 41 of the Highways Act 1980 (as amended) to maintain the highways network in their area. Dealing with any compensation claims due to possible defects, including potholes, on the highway network is entirely the responsibility of the relevant highway authority, and the Department has made no formal assessment of this matter.

The Department is providing over £1 billion of highway maintenance capital grant funding to local authorities in the current financial year. This funding goes to eligible local highway authorities across England, outside of London and the mayoral combined authorities who are in receipt of City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements. As a result of the funding increases announced at Budget 2023 and in the Prime Minister’s Network North programme, local highway authorities in England are generally receiving around 30% more highway maintenance funding from the Department for Transport in the current financial year than in the previous financial year. The Network North programme includes an unprecedented increase of £8.3 billion for local highway maintenance over the period up to 2033/34 to help fix the blight of potholes on our local highway networks up and down the country.

Funding allocations for all eligible local authorities are published on gov.uk. Gloucestershire County Council received a total of £29.1 million of highway maintenance capital grant funding, and Oxfordshire County Council a total of £27.2 million, in the 2023/24 financial year. In each case this was an increase of around 30% compared to the 2022/23 financial year. The Department for Transport has asked local highway authorities to publish on their websites by 15 March 2024 plans setting out how the additional Network North highway maintenance funding will be used, and thereafter quarterly reports on how the funding has been spent.

The Department takes the condition of local roads very seriously. Well-planned, proactive, and good quality maintenance works are vital in preventing prevent potholes and other defects from forming. Councils that do this effectively get better value for every pound spent.

To ensure transparency in the condition of our local road networks, road condition statistics are published annually by the Department and are available on gov.uk. The Government is working with the British Standards Institution and the Transport Research Laboratory to develop a new data standard for assessing road condition to help local authorities identify, assess, and deal with road defects, including potholes.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
31st Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the percentage of the road network in England that is a danger to motorists as a result of inadequate road surface maintenance.

Local highway authorities including Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire County Councils have a duty under Section 41 of the Highways Act 1980 (as amended) to maintain the highways network in their area. Dealing with any compensation claims due to possible defects, including potholes, on the highway network is entirely the responsibility of the relevant highway authority, and the Department has made no formal assessment of this matter.

The Department is providing over £1 billion of highway maintenance capital grant funding to local authorities in the current financial year. This funding goes to eligible local highway authorities across England, outside of London and the mayoral combined authorities who are in receipt of City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements. As a result of the funding increases announced at Budget 2023 and in the Prime Minister’s Network North programme, local highway authorities in England are generally receiving around 30% more highway maintenance funding from the Department for Transport in the current financial year than in the previous financial year. The Network North programme includes an unprecedented increase of £8.3 billion for local highway maintenance over the period up to 2033/34 to help fix the blight of potholes on our local highway networks up and down the country.

Funding allocations for all eligible local authorities are published on gov.uk. Gloucestershire County Council received a total of £29.1 million of highway maintenance capital grant funding, and Oxfordshire County Council a total of £27.2 million, in the 2023/24 financial year. In each case this was an increase of around 30% compared to the 2022/23 financial year. The Department for Transport has asked local highway authorities to publish on their websites by 15 March 2024 plans setting out how the additional Network North highway maintenance funding will be used, and thereafter quarterly reports on how the funding has been spent.

The Department takes the condition of local roads very seriously. Well-planned, proactive, and good quality maintenance works are vital in preventing prevent potholes and other defects from forming. Councils that do this effectively get better value for every pound spent.

To ensure transparency in the condition of our local road networks, road condition statistics are published annually by the Department and are available on gov.uk. The Government is working with the British Standards Institution and the Transport Research Laboratory to develop a new data standard for assessing road condition to help local authorities identify, assess, and deal with road defects, including potholes.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
31st Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the costs to motorists arising from potholes.

Local highway authorities including Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire County Councils have a duty under Section 41 of the Highways Act 1980 (as amended) to maintain the highways network in their area. Dealing with any compensation claims due to possible defects, including potholes, on the highway network is entirely the responsibility of the relevant highway authority, and the Department has made no formal assessment of this matter.

The Department is providing over £1 billion of highway maintenance capital grant funding to local authorities in the current financial year. This funding goes to eligible local highway authorities across England, outside of London and the mayoral combined authorities who are in receipt of City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements. As a result of the funding increases announced at Budget 2023 and in the Prime Minister’s Network North programme, local highway authorities in England are generally receiving around 30% more highway maintenance funding from the Department for Transport in the current financial year than in the previous financial year. The Network North programme includes an unprecedented increase of £8.3 billion for local highway maintenance over the period up to 2033/34 to help fix the blight of potholes on our local highway networks up and down the country.

Funding allocations for all eligible local authorities are published on gov.uk. Gloucestershire County Council received a total of £29.1 million of highway maintenance capital grant funding, and Oxfordshire County Council a total of £27.2 million, in the 2023/24 financial year. In each case this was an increase of around 30% compared to the 2022/23 financial year. The Department for Transport has asked local highway authorities to publish on their websites by 15 March 2024 plans setting out how the additional Network North highway maintenance funding will be used, and thereafter quarterly reports on how the funding has been spent.

The Department takes the condition of local roads very seriously. Well-planned, proactive, and good quality maintenance works are vital in preventing prevent potholes and other defects from forming. Councils that do this effectively get better value for every pound spent.

To ensure transparency in the condition of our local road networks, road condition statistics are published annually by the Department and are available on gov.uk. The Government is working with the British Standards Institution and the Transport Research Laboratory to develop a new data standard for assessing road condition to help local authorities identify, assess, and deal with road defects, including potholes.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
31st Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the efficacy of local authority processes whereby motorists claim for vehicular damage arising from a lack of adequate road surface maintenance.

Local highway authorities including Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire County Councils have a duty under Section 41 of the Highways Act 1980 (as amended) to maintain the highways network in their area. Dealing with any compensation claims due to possible defects, including potholes, on the highway network is entirely the responsibility of the relevant highway authority, and the Department has made no formal assessment of this matter.

The Department is providing over £1 billion of highway maintenance capital grant funding to local authorities in the current financial year. This funding goes to eligible local highway authorities across England, outside of London and the mayoral combined authorities who are in receipt of City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements. As a result of the funding increases announced at Budget 2023 and in the Prime Minister’s Network North programme, local highway authorities in England are generally receiving around 30% more highway maintenance funding from the Department for Transport in the current financial year than in the previous financial year. The Network North programme includes an unprecedented increase of £8.3 billion for local highway maintenance over the period up to 2033/34 to help fix the blight of potholes on our local highway networks up and down the country.

Funding allocations for all eligible local authorities are published on gov.uk. Gloucestershire County Council received a total of £29.1 million of highway maintenance capital grant funding, and Oxfordshire County Council a total of £27.2 million, in the 2023/24 financial year. In each case this was an increase of around 30% compared to the 2022/23 financial year. The Department for Transport has asked local highway authorities to publish on their websites by 15 March 2024 plans setting out how the additional Network North highway maintenance funding will be used, and thereafter quarterly reports on how the funding has been spent.

The Department takes the condition of local roads very seriously. Well-planned, proactive, and good quality maintenance works are vital in preventing prevent potholes and other defects from forming. Councils that do this effectively get better value for every pound spent.

To ensure transparency in the condition of our local road networks, road condition statistics are published annually by the Department and are available on gov.uk. The Government is working with the British Standards Institution and the Transport Research Laboratory to develop a new data standard for assessing road condition to help local authorities identify, assess, and deal with road defects, including potholes.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
31st Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government when they expect work on electrifying the rail line between Crewe and Holyhead to start; what estimate they have made of the cost of this work; and when they expect the project to be completed.

We are working closely with the rail industry to develop and deliver on 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. We are in the early stages of planning the next steps for the North Wales electrification scheme, including the costs and programme for development and delivery. We will share further information when that work is complete.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of 20mph zones.

The Department for Transport published a comprehensive three-year evaluation of the effect of 20mph limits, which are 20mph schemes relying only on signage, on 22 November 2018. The evaluation considered collision and casualty statistics for all road user types. It showed that typically they resulted in less than a 1mph reduction in average speed.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
6th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in Kosovo on a potential reciprocal driving licence exchange agreement with that country.

Following a request from the Kosovan Embassy to consider a possible reciprocal driving licence exchange agreement, officials have carried out a full assessment of the licensing and testing information provided by the Kosovan authorities. This assessment concluded that arrangements in place in Kosovo for the issue of driving licences, including having driving tests and licensing procedures, are comparable with those in Great Britain.

The department is now progressing the work required to achieve an exchange agreement as quickly as possible. All such licence exchange agreements are subject to public consultation and the introduction of the relevant legislation.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)