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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Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Transport

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

Labour
Lord Rosser (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Transport)
Louise Haigh (LAB - Sheffield, Heeley)
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

Liberal Democrat
Sarah Olney (LDEM - Richmond Park)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Transport)

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

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

Liberal Democrat
Baroness Randerson (LDEM - Life peer)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Transport)
Junior Shadow Ministers / Deputy Spokesperson
Labour
Sam Tarry (LAB - Ilford South)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Gill Furniss (LAB - Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (LAB - Slough)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Mike Kane (LAB - Wythenshawe and Sale East)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Lord Tunnicliffe (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
Ministers of State
Andrew Stephenson (CON - Pendle)
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
Wendy Morton (CON - Aldridge-Brownhills)
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Robert Courts (CON - Witney)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
Trudy Harrison (CON - Copeland)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
Baroness Vere of Norbiton (CON - Life peer)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
Scheduled Event
Wednesday 6th July 2022
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Transport Committee - Private Meeting - Select & Joint Committees
6 Jul 2022, 9:30 a.m.

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Tuesday 12th July 2022
Department for Transport
Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
Draft Legislative Reform (Provision of Information etc. Relating to Disabilities) Order 2022
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Thursday 14th July 2022
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Department for Transport
Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
14 Jul 2022, 1 p.m.
Draft Airports Slot Allocation (Alleviation of Usage Requirements) (No. 2) Regulations 2022
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Thursday 15th September 2022
09:30
Department for Transport
Oral questions - Main Chamber
15 Sep 2022, 9:30 a.m.
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Debates
Thursday 30th June 2022
Oral Answers to Questions
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Select Committee Docs
Wednesday 29th June 2022
09:30
Select Committee Inquiry
Monday 27th June 2022
Self-driving vehicles

This inquiry is scrutinising the development and deployment of self-driving vehicles for use on the roads (also known as connected …

Written Answers
Friday 1st July 2022
Railways: Safety
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that appropriate safety measures will not be compromised …
Bills
Thursday 9th January 2020
Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Act 2021
A Bill to make provision about airspace change proposals and about the licensing regime for air traffic services under Part …
Dept. Publications
Friday 1st July 2022
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Department for Transport Commons Appearances

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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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Oral Questions
Mar. 28
Urgent Questions
Jun. 30
Written Statements
Jun. 14
Westminster Hall
Jun. 28
Adjournment Debate
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Bills currently before Parliament

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Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament

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 Thursday 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 Thursday 11th February 2021 and was enacted into law.

Department for Transport - Secondary Legislation

This Order designates part of the following local authority areas as moving traffic contravention civil enforcement areas for the purposes of Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004: Oxfordshire County Council, Bath and North East Somerset Council, Buckinghamshire Council, Derby City Council, Hampshire County Council, Reading Borough Council, Surrey County Council, Kent County Council, Norfolk County Council, Durham County Council and Bedford Borough Council. This Order also designates the whole of the Borough of Luton as a civil enforcement area for moving traffic contraventions for the purposes of Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004. Each of the areas designated is the same as, or falls within, the area already designated by the local authority for the enforcement of parking contraventions.
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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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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.

The Government should class in-person interaction with family members and unmarried partners abroad as an essential reason to travel.

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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
Huw Merriman Portrait
Huw Merriman (Conservative - Bexhill and Battle)
Transport Committee Chair since 29th January 2020
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
Chris Loder Portrait
Chris Loder (Conservative - West Dorset)
Transport Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Robert Largan Portrait
Robert Largan (Conservative - High Peak)
Transport Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Simon Jupp Portrait
Simon Jupp (Conservative - East Devon)
Transport Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Ruth Cadbury Portrait
Ruth Cadbury (Labour - Brentford and Isleworth)
Transport Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Ben Bradshaw Portrait
Ben Bradshaw (Labour - Exeter)
Transport Committee Member since 22nd February 2021
Christian Wakeford Portrait
Christian Wakeford (Labour - Bury South)
Transport Committee Member since 17th May 2022
Transport Committee: Upcoming Events
Transport Committee - Private Meeting
6 Jul 2022, 9:30 a.m.
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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

28th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to incentivise car manufacturers to reduce the weight of their electric vehicles.

The Government sets the standards for vehicles but does not currently provide any incentives to manufacturers or others regarding reducing the weight of vehicles.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the possible impact of temporary agency staff replacing train drivers and signalling staff during rail strikes; when any such assessment was undertaken; and what the outcomes of any such assessment were.

The use of agency and temporary workers in the rail sector is not a new development. Where this happens, agency workers must of course be qualified and trained to safely and efficiently undertake the work in question. However, this development should mean agency workers can be used to support services during times of industrial action, which is good news for passengers and those who rely upon the railway.

The Government and rail industry, including Network Rail, have worked together and continue to work together to ensure plans are in place to minimise disruption allowing for freight and passenger services to remain operational where possible. The Civil Contingencies Secretariat is also convening ministers daily during the strike period to assess operational response and impact.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the £30,000 figure they provided for the cost of removing infill material at Great Musgrave Bridge remains accurate; whether this represents the total cost of the (1) removal, and (2) reinstatement; and if not, what is the total amount allocated to that project by National Highways.

Great Musgrave bridge forms part of the Historical Railways Estate (HRE) and is managed on behalf of the Department by National Highways.

The high level estimations provided in August 2021 by National Highways for the removal of the infill at Great Musgrave bridge were based on the assumption that the removal would occur at the same time as works to reinstate a railway. In this scenario, contractors would already be on site, with all associated plant, machinery, welfare and safety and traffic management in place. If removal were to occur without contractors being in place for railway reinstatement, then the costs of all associated plant, machinery, welfare and safety and traffic management need to be added to the sum. Based on it being a one-off operation, in October 2021 estimates were shared with the HRE Stakeholder Advisory Forum that advised that the costs of removing the infill would be in the region of £80,000 to £90,000 which includes for the contractor to remove the infill and make good the ground.

The difference between the two estimates relates to whether the work is done in isolation or is incorporated as part of a larger rail reinstatement scheme.

Following the recent planning committee decision on the retrospective application to retain the infill at Great Musgrave, the cost of removing the infill, disposing of it off-site, undertaking repairs and strengthening works and subsequent assessment and examinations over a 60-year period has been estimated to be between £316,000 and £431,000 depending on the strengthening technique that is applied. These costs were discussed with the HRE Stakeholder Advisory Forum in October 2021.

National Highways is working closely with the Eden District Council and Cumbria County Council to understand their aspirations for the structure and to agree appropriate works.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June to Question 14617, with reference to the £42 million per year funding for Local Transport Authorities under the Bus Service Operators Grant scheme, how much and what proportion of that funding has been spent by those authorities on expenditure other than directly financing bus routes in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area.

The Department each year sends a survey to all Local Transport Authorities who receive funding from BSOG requesting they provide the Department with information as to how this funding is applied. This survey is undertaken on a voluntary basis. For financial years prior to 2021/2022 insufficient information is available from responses to the survey in order to enable the Department to provide this information. Changes to the information requested in the survey undertaken in 2021 enable the following information to be provided.

2020/21 BSOG

Local Transport Authority

Spend on "Non-Bus"

% Spend on "Non-Bus"

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

£0

0%

Bedford Borough Council

£0

0%

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

£0

0%

Blackpool Borough Council

£0

0%

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

£0

0%

Bracknell Forest

-

-

Bradford MBC

£0

0%

Brighton and Hove City Council

£0

0%

Buckinghamshire County Council

£0

0%

Calderdale MBC

£0

0%

Cambridgeshire County Council

-

-

Canterbury City Council

£0

0%

Central Bedfordshire Council

£0

0%

CENTRO (WEST MIDLANDS CA)

£0

0%

Cheshire East

£0

0%

Cheshire West and Chester

£0

0%

City of York Council

£0

0%

Coventry City Council

-

-

Cornwall County Council

£0

0%

Cumbria County Council

£0

0%

Darlington Borough Council

£0

0%

Derby City Council

-

-

Derbyshire County Council

£0

0%

Devon County Council

£0

0%

Dorset County Council

£0

0%

Durham County Council

£0

0%

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

£0

0%

East Sussex County Council

£0

0%

Eastleigh Borough Council

£0

0%

Epsom and Ewell

-

-

Essex County Council

£0

0%

Gateshead MBC

-

-

Gloucestershire County Council

£0

0%

Halton Borough Council

-

-

Hampshire County Council

£0

0%

Hartlepool Borough Council

-

-

Havant Borough Council

-

-

Herefordshire County Council

£0

0%

Hertfordshire County Council

£0

0%

Isle of Wight Council

£0

0%

Kent County Council

£0

0%

Kettering Borough Council

-

-

Kingston upon Hull City Council

£0

0%

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

-

-

Lancashire County Council

£0

0%

Leeds City Council

-

-

Leicester City Council

£0

0%

Leicestershire County Council

£0

0%

Lincolnshire County Council

£0

0%

Liverpool City Council

£0

0%

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

-

-

London Borough of Barnet

£0

0%

London Borough of Brent

£0

0%

London Borough of Camden

-

-

London Borough of Enfield

£0

0%

London Borough of Harrow

£0

0%

London Borough of Hillingdon

£21,666

100.0%

London Borough of Hounslow

£0

0%

London Borough of Islington

-

-

London Borough of Merton

£0

0%

London Borough of Newham

£0

0%

London Borough of Redbridge

£10,000

22.3%

Luton Borough Council

-

-

Medway Council

£0

0%

Merseyside Travel PTE

-

-

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

£0

0%

Middlesbrough Borough Council

£0

0%

Milton Keynes Council

£0

0%

Newcastle City Council

£0

0%

Nexus

£0

0%

Norfolk County Council

-

-

North East Lincolnshire Council

£0

0%

North Lincolnshire Council

£0

0%

Northamptonshire County Council

£0

0%

North Somerset Council

£0

0%

North Yorkshire County Council

£0

0%

Northumberland County Council

£0

0%

Nottingham City Council

£0

0%

Nottinghamshire County Council

-

-

Oxfordshire County Council

£58,927

7.4%

Peterborough City Council

£0

0%

Plymouth City Council

£0

0%

Portsmouth City Council

£0

0%

Reading Borough Council

£0

0%

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

£0

0%

Rotherham MBC

£20,959

100.0%

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

£0

0%

Rutland County Council

£0

0%

Salford City Council

£21,478

100.0%

Sheffield City Council

-

-

Shropshire County Council

£0

0%

Slough Borough Council

£0

0%

Somerset County Council

£0

0%

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive

£0

0%

Southampton City Council

£0

0%

St Helens MBC

-

-

Staffordshire County Council

£0

0%

Stockport MBC

-

-

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

£0

0%

Stoke-on-Trent City Council

-

-

Suffolk County Council

£0

0%

Surrey County Council

£0

0%

Swindon Borough Council

£249

0.1%

Telford and Wrekin Council

£0

0%

Tameside MBC

-

-

Thurrock Council

£0

0%

Torbay Borough Council

-

-

Transport for Greater Manchester

£0

0%

Wakefield Council

£29,770

78.9%

Warrington Borough Council

£0

0%

Warwickshire County Council

£0

0%

West Berkshire District Council

£0

0%

West of England Combined Authority

£0

0%

West Sussex County Council

£61,490

14.1%

Wigan Council

-

-

Wiltshire County Council

£0

0%

Winchester City Council

£0

0%

Wirral Borough Council

-

-

Wokingham District Council

-

-

Worcestershire County Council

£0

0%

A dash indicates the local authority did not respond to the voluntary survey.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June to Question 14617, with reference to the around £780 million funding allocated for bus infrastructure from the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements, how much and what proportion of that funding has been (a) allocated to (i) local authorities and (ii) city region partners and (b) spent by those authorities and partnerships on expenditure other than that for bus infrastructure.

The Government has committed to investing £5.7bn through the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements (CRSTS) in the transport networks of eight city regions in England over the next five years until 2027. Settlements were confirmed to 7 eligible Mayoral Combined Authorities in April 2022 based on proposals put forward by Mayors. The funding is distributed to the Mayoral Combined Authorities, who will report regularly to the Department for Transport on how the funding is spent. Negotiation of a settlement for the North East region is pending appropriate governance being in place.

CRSTS will support capital investments in public and sustainable transport across a range of modes including rail, bus, tram, and walking and cycling. Based on the programmes set out by city regions, this is expected to include an investment of approximately £780m in bus interventions over this Parliament.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that appropriate safety measures will not be compromised due to the minimum rail service legislation; and what steps they have taken to study the safety measures that have been implemented in (1) Belgium, and (2) France.

The Government and rail industry, including Network Rail, have worked together and continue to work together to ensure plans are in place to minimise disruption allowing for freight and passenger services to remain operational where possible. The Civil Contingencies Secretariat is also convening ministers daily during the strike period to assess operational response and impact.

We are looking at everything we can do to help maintain services amid disruption and Minimum Service legislation is just one part of that. We are experienced in safely running very reduced train services - the industry is currently doing so right now. Minimum service levels are a government manifesto commitment to introduce legislation which would require train operators to run a base number of services in the event of strike action. We of course encourage employers and unions to reach agreement wherever possible.

We will review any relevant comparable available evidence, including safety measures, in these countries and others, when developing any policy around the introduction of Minimum Service Levels.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an estimate of the number of public electric vehicle charge points that have been delivered with funding from (a) the private sector, (b) local authorities and (c) central government in each of the last five years.

The total number of public electric vehicle chargepoints in the UK, as of 01 January, for each of the last 5 years, is given in the table below:

Year

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

Total

7,211

10,309

16,505

20,775

28,375

Source: DfT/Zap Map

The total number of public electric vehicle chargepoints in the UK, funded through the OZEV On-Street Residential ChargePoint scheme (ORCS), for each of the last 5 financial years is given in the table below:

Year

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

2021/22

Total

50

427

1,099

1,015

50

ORCS grants are offered to successful applicants, but funds are only released upon final completion of installation. These figures only include charging devices that have been installed and claimed for.

In 2016 government awarded £40m to eight local authorities to support the delivery of a wide range of innovative chargepoint solutions in their areas. The total number of chargepoints delivered is provided in the table below. This includes fast and rapid chargepoints.

Local Authority

Chargepoints

Bristol City Council

179

Dundee City Council

30

Transport for London

4,300

Milton Keynes Council

156

North East

28

Nottingham City Council

229

Oxford City Council

46

York City Council

38

The Department’s data on the total number of public electric vehicle chargepoints comes from Zap-Map. We are unable to determine from this data which of the public chargepoints were delivered through funding from (a) the private sector or (b) local authorities.

While the Department publishes data on the number of chargepoints delivered through funding for domestic and workplace grant schemes, these charge points are not intended for public use.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made on the implications for his policies of the effect of rising fuel prices on the viability of independent (a) road haulage and (b) coach businesses.

The Secretary of State announced in the Spring further funding to support the local transport system and he continues to regularly engage with Cabinet colleagues to consider what further support Government can provide in these challenging times. Following 12 consecutive freezes on fuel duty, the Chancellor recently announced a 12-month cut to fuel duty of 5p per litre and the Business Secretary has recently asked the Competition and Market Authority to undertake an urgent review of fuel prices which is underway.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had recent discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on specific support for (a) the road haulage industry and (b) the coach industry to help meet rising fuel costs.

The Secretary of State announced in the Spring further funding to support the local transport system and he continues to regularly engage with Cabinet colleagues to consider what further support Government can provide in these challenging times. Following 12 consecutive freezes on fuel duty, the Chancellor recently announced a 12-month cut to fuel duty of 5p per litre and the Business Secretary has recently asked the Competition and Market Authority to undertake an urgent review of fuel prices which is underway.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people who apply to the DVLA for car tax are eligible for a discount due to receiving benefits.

All postal applications for Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) sent to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency are being processed within normal turnaround times of 10 working days.

Data on the number of applications received from customers eligible for a reduction in VED due to receiving benefits is not available.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how long it takes for people to apply to the DVLA for car tax via post where they are eligible to receive a discount due to receiving benefits and ineligible to apply online or at the Post Office.

All postal applications for Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) sent to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency are being processed within normal turnaround times of 10 working days.

Data on the number of applications received from customers eligible for a reduction in VED due to receiving benefits is not available.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June to Question 14617, with reference to the £1.1 billion funding for bus transformation deals for local transport authorities, how much (a) has been allocated to local authorities as at 8 June 2022, and (b) has been spent by local authorities on expenditure other than that which will deliver (i) London-style fares, (ii) infrastructure, or (iii) service improvements.

On 4 April 2022 the Government announced indicative funding allocations totalling over £1 billion to thirty-one Local Transport Authorities (LTAs) to deliver Bus Service Improvement Plans (BSIPs), as part of £3 billion for buses over the course of this Parliament. Confirmation and release of the funding is conditional on LTAs providing satisfactory plans showing how they intend to spend that funding, and submission of draft Enhanced Partnerships, Enhanced Partnership variations, or franchising delivery plans by 1 July.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2022 to Question 14617, how much of the £525 million funding to deliver zero emissions buses has been allocated to local authorities as at 8 June 2022; and how much of that funding has been spent by local authorities on expenditure other than that which will deliver zero emissions buses.

We are providing over £525 million funding for zero emissions buses overthis Parliament.

In March 2021, the Government awarded £50 million of funding to the West Midlands Combined Authority to support the Coventry All Electric Bus City.

The Government has also announced nearly £270 million funding from the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) scheme to 17 areas.

As set out in the guidance for the All Electric Bus City and ZEBRA schemes, the funding awarded was conditional on local transport authorities delivering on the business cases. The remaining funding will be allocated over the three year spending review period.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has with Ministers in the Welsh Government on the steps he is taking to increase the availability of electric vehicle charging points.

Government works closely with the devolved administrations on supporting the transition to zero emission vehicles across the whole of the UK. Regular discussions about chargepoints as well as other measures to support electric vehicles are held on an ongoing basis with the Welsh Government. For example, officials continue to engage closely on the upcoming consumer experience regulations for public chargepoints in the UK.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish (a) his Department’s projections for passenger (i) usage and (ii) revenue over the first half of 2022 and (b) the actual figures for growth in passenger (A) usage and (B) revenue for that period.

In line with our published guidance, the Department has developed several scenarios of possible rail demand to reflect uncertainty including how passengers respond post-covid-19. The Department considers a wide range of evidence for our project appraisals and policy decisions.

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) publishes statistics on rail passenger journeys and revenue. The latest statistics cover the period to end March 2022. These are available at https://dataportal.orr.gov.uk/statistics/usage/passenger-rail-usage/

The ORR plan to publish rail passenger usage for the period covering April to June 2022 in October.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many times he has met with members of the leadership of the RMT union since his appointment.

Ministers and officials meet regularly with the RMT on a variety of matters.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to help ensure the safety of female passengers on the rail network.

The Department works closely with rail industry partners to improve women's safety. The rail industry has established work programmes to tackle violence against women and girls, including targeted training of frontline staff and improved access to reporting.

In March this year, the Government’s independent Violence against Women and Girls Transport Champions, Laura Shoaf (Chief Executive, West Midlands Combined Authority) and Anne Shaw (Executive Director, Transport for West Midlands), published 13 recommendations – informed by stakeholder engagement – to further improve the safety of women and girls on the transport network, including rail.

The Department welcomed the ambition of the recommendations and is now working with partners from across Government and the transport industry – including rail – to deliver against them. This includes supporting the National Sexual Harassment on Rail campaign and the Rail to Refuge scheme.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to take steps to increase funding and beneficiaries of the Freight Facilities Grant for capital equipment.

Government remains strongly committed to modal shift and continues to operate two freight revenue grant schemes (£20m per year allocated for 2022/23 to 2024/25) to support: the Mode Shift Revenue Support scheme for modal shift to rail and inland waterways; and Waterborne Freight Grants for coastal and short sea shipping. These grants help to remove around 900,000 HGV journeys off the road each year.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the effect on rail users of scheduled Manchester rail timetable changes due to take effect in December 2022.

The Government set up the Manchester Recovery Task Force in January 2020 to address the unacceptable levels of train performance in the north west of England following the late change to the May 2018 timetable.

The task force, which includes Transport for the North and Transport for Greater Manchester, consulted on a number of options and took account of the more than 800 responses to identify the optimal service for users and the Northern economy.

Northern Trains and TransPennine Express, working with Network Rail and other train operators, used this assessment to develop the timetable which will come into force in December 2022 and which will improve performance significantly while still meeting the journey needs of the vast majority of regular travellers on lines into Manchester.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the 300,000 public electric vehicle charge points that his Department plans to be delivered by 2030 by (a) private sector investment, (b) local authority investment and (c) investment from central Government.

We do not have estimates broken down by types of investment.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff in his Department are assigned to respond to casework enquiries sent by hon. Members to the DVLA.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has a core of 63 members of staff who work on responding to correspondence and enquiries from hon. Members. This includes those staff who work on the dedicated telephone line the DVLA provides for hon. Members. More staff will be involved in this work from across the DVLA on an ad hoc basis, depending on the nature of the specific query.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Jun 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to combat further railway strikes across England.

The Government regrets that the trade unions have chosen to go ahead with the strikes which are impacting local businesses and the ability of the general public to get to school, hospital and work. Ministers encourage the unions to keep negotiating with the railway companies as the employers, to resolve this dispute. The Secretary of State outlined this clearly in his letter dated 16 June 2022 to the RMT General Secretary.

The Government and rail industry, including Network Rail, have worked together and continue to work together to ensure plans are in place to minimise disruption allowing for freight and passenger services to remain operational where possible. We are working with the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, the Government’s emergency planning team, to improve readiness across Government, including mitigations for impact on critical supply chains.

The Government is taking immediate steps to support train services. A Statutory Instrument was laid on 27 June 2022, under the terms of which employment businesses will be able supply workers to replace striking workers. This will also allow trained staff with transferrable skills to move around the industry to cover for striking staff to keep the railways running. We are also looking to speed up the introduction of minimum service level legislation to ensure that when strikes take place, they are mindful of the rights of others, affected by their strikes. This would mean a certain level of train service would need to be provided.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the rail industry (a) dispute handling policy, (b) reward and people principles document and (c) employment policy framework as referenced in National Rail Contracts.

There is no ‘rail industry’ wide Reward and People Principles document. Likewise, there is no ‘rail industry’ Employment Policy Framework. The definition of both Reward and People Principles and Employment Policy Framework in the operator contracts is broad, and there are likely to be a number of documents that fall within the definition.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with (a) Network Rail and (b) train operating companies on resolving potential further rail strikes.

The Secretary of State is in close contact with the industry on the negotiations and engages with them almost daily.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date he first became aware of the likelihood of a nation-wide rail strike occurring in June 2022.

The RMT notified employers of the strike action on 7 June.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what savings from overall staffing costs have been sought from the train Operating Companies for each financial year until 2025.

The Government has earmarked significant support, £16 billion, to keep train services running since the start of the pandemic and keep people in jobs during the height of lockdowns, the equivalent to £600 for every family in the UK and £160,000 for every rail worker. If recent shortfalls in passenger demand and revenue are maintained, this represents a £2 billion per annum loss in revenue. We do not think it is fair to continue providing the industry with an increased subsidy from taxpayers at a time when there is pressure on everyone’s finances.

We have asked Network Rail, train operators and the industry to consider all options to make the railway sustainable for the long term. Staffing costs is just one area of a wide range of reforms and changes. We need an agile workforce that can deliver for passengers. These reforms will make the railway more efficient, delivering more effectively for passengers and taxpayers.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what savings from overall staffing costs have been sought from Network Rail for each financial year until 2025.

The Government has earmarked significant support, £16 billion, to keep train services running since the start of the pandemic and keep people in jobs during the height of lockdowns, the equivalent to £600 for every family in the UK and £160,000 for every rail worker. If recent shortfalls in passenger demand and revenue are maintained, this represents a £2 billion per annum loss in revenue. We do not think it is fair to continue providing the industry with an increased subsidy from taxpayers at a time when there is pressure on everyone’s finances.

We have asked Network Rail, train operators and the industry to consider all options to make the railway sustainable for the long term. Staffing costs is just one area of a wide range of reforms and changes. We need an agile workforce that can deliver for passengers. These reforms will make the railway more efficient, delivering more effectively for passengers and taxpayers.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date he set the mandate for train operating companies to negotiate with the rail unions on pay and employment conditions.

The RMT has demanded talks take place first at a national level rather than with individual train operating companies. Discussions are therefore taking place at national level under the auspices of the Rail Industry Recovery Group.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the level of compliance of airlines with their obligations to supply passengers with (a) food and (b) other essentials in the event of delayed or cancelled flights; and what steps he plans to take to increase compliance.

There is a framework of legislation in place to protect consumer’s rights when travelling by air, including a passenger’s right to care. In the event of flight cancellations and long delays, airlines are obliged to offer passengers free of charge meals and refreshments, and in certain cases hotel accommodation and transport between the airport and place of accommodation (hotel or other). Airlines are also obliged to provide passengers about their rights in those situations.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), as the Regulator for aviation, are responsible for the enforcement activities. They conduct assessments of industry and take forward action if breaches are found. The Government works closely with the CAA and will continue to do so.

We recently consulted on a range of consumer policy reforms, including additional powers for the CAA to enforce consumer rights and mandatory alternative dispute resolution for all airlines operating in the UK, to enable individuals to seek redress. We are currently reviewing all responses and will set out next steps in due course.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the level of compliance of airlines in compensating passengers for delayed or cancelled flights; and what steps he plans to take to increase compliance.

There is a framework of legislation in place to protect consumer rights when travelling by air, including when and what compensation is due in the event of cancellations and long delays, and airlines are obliged to provide passengers about their rights in those situations.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), as the Regulator for aviation, are responsible for the enforcement activities. They conduct assessments of industry and take forward action if breaches are found. The Government works closely with the CAA and will continue to do so.

We recently consulted on a range of consumer policy reforms, including additional powers for the CAA to enforce consumer rights and mandatory alternative dispute resolution for all airlines operating in the UK, to enable individuals to seek redress. We are currently reviewing all responses and will set out next steps in due course.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he is undertaking on the potential impact of e-scooters on people who are visually impaired.

The Department is working with groups representing disabled people, including the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee and the Inclusive Transport Stakeholder Group, to review options for e-scooter regulations.

The Department is gathering data on e-scooters through trials in 30 areas, where measures have been put in place to improve safety for disabled people and people with sight loss, such as requiring ​e-scooters to have a bell or a horn so that they are audible. Additionally, the Department has instructed all local authorities participating in trials to engage with disability groups in their area throughout the trial period to ensure their concerns are being heard.

The Department will consult publicly before any secondary regulations for e-scooters and the rental schemes are made.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to promote park-and-ride schemes at rail and tube stations.

Rail station parking capacity is a matter for the relevant station operator and Network Rail. All station operators should consider the views of local authority partners on this issue.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what dates he or other Ministers in his Department met with officials from the RMT union in the last 12 months.

Ministers and officials regularly meet with the RMT on a variety of matters.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer given on 24 March 2021 to Question 172052, on Trams: Greater Manchester, and the Answer given on 21 February 2022 to Question 122629, on Manchester Metrolink: Bolton, what progress has been made on the progress of the Bolton-Bury tramline.

In November 2020, the Government awarded £50,000 of Restoring Your Railway Ideas funding to Transport for Greater Manchester to develop a Strategic Outline Business Case to reinstate passenger services on the Bolton-Radcliffe/Bolton-Bury line. The SOBC was submitted to the Department on 21st June 2022 and will be assessed in the coming months.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has allocated funding for a Bolton-Bury tramline project.

In November 2020, the Government awarded £50,000 of Restoring Your Railway Ideas funding to Transport for Greater Manchester to develop a Strategic Outline Business Case to reinstate passenger services on the Bolton-Radcliffe/Bolton-Bury line. The SOBC was submitted to the Department on 21st June 2022 and will be assessed in the coming months.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to help ensure step-free access at Davenport station.

Davenport station will receive Access for All funding as part of a 23 station package of works across Greater Manchester with a £1m contribution towards minor accessibility improvements. This work is anticipated to be completed by July 2023.

I am committed to improving access at all stations and have recently launched the next round of nominations for the Access for All programme. I welcome nominations for any station in Great Britain currently without step-free access.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much of his Department's £360 million investment to transform rail ticketing outside of London and the South East has been spent to date.

In the three months since the beginning of this Spending Review period, the programme focus has been on developing the detailed technical and commercial work to inform business cases and future procurements to transform rail ticketing.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 22 June to Question 19580 on Railways: Concessions, whether his Department undertakes cross-data analysis with the Ministry of Defence to ensure that people applying for veterans railcards are veterans.

The documents needed to apply for a Veteran’s Railcard are set out on the Veteran’s Railcard Website: https://www.veterans-railcard.co.uk/are-you-eligible/

Verifying the eligibility of applicants and the validity of their documents is a matter for the Rail Delivery Group (RDG). The department is not responsible for processing railcard applications and does not, therefore, conduct cross-data analysis with the Ministry of Defence on Veteran’s Railcard applications.

We urge anyone who is aware of any incidences of fraud to contact the RDG and relevant authorities.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to consult on the introduction of a limitation on UK-based airlines using non UK-based sub-contractors for passenger flights originating in the UK.

UK airlines lease aircraft and crew from foreign airlines to provide additional capacity, often during the summer holiday peak. The flexibility to bring in additional capacity for limited periods is welcomed by the UK’s largest carriers to manage seasonal peaks or when aircraft and crew are otherwise unavailable. This summer has seen an increase in this type of activity for several reasons including shortage of aircraft and of cabin crew. How the leasing of foreign aircraft and crew develops is something we will keep under review as the market recovers and evolves following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the impact on the economy of UK-based airlines using non-UK-based sub-contractors for passenger flights originating in the UK.

UK airlines lease aircraft and crew from foreign airlines to provide additional capacity, often during the summer holiday peak. The flexibility to bring in additional capacity for limited periods is welcomed by the UK’s largest carriers to manage seasonal peaks or when aircraft and crew are otherwise unavailable. This summer has seen an increase in this type of activity for several reasons including shortage of aircraft and of cabin crew. How the leasing of foreign aircraft and crew develops is something we will keep under review as the market recovers and evolves following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of potential change in the (a) number and (b) average earnings of (i) CAA licensed pilots and (ii) UK-resident aircrew as a result of UK-based airlines utilising non UK-based sub-contractors on an aircraft, crew, maintenance, and insurance (ACMI) basis for passenger flights originating in the UK.

UK airlines lease aircraft and crew from foreign airlines to provide additional capacity, often during the summer holiday peak. The flexibility to bring in additional capacity for limited periods is welcomed by the UK’s largest carriers to manage seasonal peaks or when aircraft and crew are otherwise unavailable. This summer has seen an increase in this type of activity for several reasons including shortage of aircraft and of cabin crew. How the leasing of foreign aircraft and crew develops is something we will keep under review as the market recovers and evolves following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who the members of the Clean Maritime Council were as at 23 June 2022.

As at 23 June 2022, the member organisations of the Clean Maritime Council were: British Ports Association; Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Affairs; Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Department for Transport; ENGIE; Environmental Defence Fund; ING Bank; Innovate UK; Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology; Lloyd’s Register; Maritime and Coastguard Agency; Maritime Enterprise Working Group; Maritime London; Maritime UK; Offshore Renewable Catapult; Red Funnel; Smart Green Shipping Alliance; Strathclyde University; UK Chamber of Shipping; UK Major Ports Group, UN Climate Change Champion; University College London; Wightlink and Workboat Association.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many full-time staff the Maritime Skills Commission has.

The Maritime Skills Commission has one member of staff shared with the Diversity in Maritime Taskforce. The post is funded on a two-year basis from the Department for Transport and they are employed by Maritime UK. The Chair and Commissioners are part-time volunteers.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase the use of waterways for freight transportation.

To increase the use of freight on our waterways the Government provides revenue support through our Mode Shift Revenue Support and Waterborne Freight grants. We have committed £20 million per year to 2024/25 to support rail and water freight services on routes where they deliver environmental benefits over road haulage but are more expensive to operate.

The cross-modal and long-term Future of Freight plan, published on 15 June, sets out the Government’s objectives for a freight and logistics sector that is efficient, reliable, resilient and sustainable. The plan explicitly supports mode shift of freight from road to rail, inland waterways, coastal shipping and new innovative modes such as e-cargo bikes. The plan also sets out how government will raise the status of freight within the planning system, will develop with industry a £7 million Freight Innovation Fund and will undertake work to develop a National Freight Network. This work will support, and provide opportunities to increase the use of, waterways for freight.

Upgrades of the waterways network in the UK are the responsibility of the Canal and River Trust (CRT), which is sponsored by Defra. The Department for Transport continues to work with Defra officials and the CRT to ensure that freight is considered in the operation, maintenance and enhancement of the UK’s waterways.

There are a wide range of navigation authorities that manage inland waterways. These are either independent self-financing bodies such as port authorities or are funded by other branches of government such as Defra.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to increase the use of water freight.

To increase the use of freight on our waterways the Government provides revenue support through our Mode Shift Revenue Support and Waterborne Freight grants. We have committed £20 million per year to 2024/25 to support rail and water freight services on routes where they deliver environmental benefits over road haulage but are more expensive to operate.

The cross-modal and long-term Future of Freight plan, published on 15 June, sets out the Government’s objectives for a freight and logistics sector that is efficient, reliable, resilient and sustainable. The plan explicitly supports mode shift of freight from road to rail, inland waterways, coastal shipping and new innovative modes such as e-cargo bikes. The plan also sets out how government will raise the status of freight within the planning system, will develop with industry a £7 million Freight Innovation Fund and will undertake work to develop a National Freight Network. This work will support, and provide opportunities to increase the use of, waterways for freight.

Upgrades of the waterways network in the UK are the responsibility of the Canal and River Trust (CRT), which is sponsored by Defra. The Department for Transport continues to work with Defra officials and the CRT to ensure that freight is considered in the operation, maintenance and enhancement of the UK’s waterways.

There are a wide range of navigation authorities that manage inland waterways. These are either independent self-financing bodies such as port authorities or are funded by other branches of government such as Defra.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to commit to upgrading waterways by allocating adequate funding for navigation authorities.

To increase the use of freight on our waterways the Government provides revenue support through our Mode Shift Revenue Support and Waterborne Freight grants. We have committed £20 million per year to 2024/25 to support rail and water freight services on routes where they deliver environmental benefits over road haulage but are more expensive to operate.

The cross-modal and long-term Future of Freight plan, published on 15 June, sets out the Government’s objectives for a freight and logistics sector that is efficient, reliable, resilient and sustainable. The plan explicitly supports mode shift of freight from road to rail, inland waterways, coastal shipping and new innovative modes such as e-cargo bikes. The plan also sets out how government will raise the status of freight within the planning system, will develop with industry a £7 million Freight Innovation Fund and will undertake work to develop a National Freight Network. This work will support, and provide opportunities to increase the use of, waterways for freight.

Upgrades of the waterways network in the UK are the responsibility of the Canal and River Trust (CRT), which is sponsored by Defra. The Department for Transport continues to work with Defra officials and the CRT to ensure that freight is considered in the operation, maintenance and enhancement of the UK’s waterways.

There are a wide range of navigation authorities that manage inland waterways. These are either independent self-financing bodies such as port authorities or are funded by other branches of government such as Defra.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to upgrade existing waterways so that they can take larger cargos.

To increase the use of freight on our waterways the Government provides revenue support through our Mode Shift Revenue Support and Waterborne Freight grants. We have committed £20 million per year to 2024/25 to support rail and water freight services on routes where they deliver environmental benefits over road haulage but are more expensive to operate.

The cross-modal and long-term Future of Freight plan, published on 15 June, sets out the Government’s objectives for a freight and logistics sector that is efficient, reliable, resilient and sustainable. The plan explicitly supports mode shift of freight from road to rail, inland waterways, coastal shipping and new innovative modes such as e-cargo bikes. The plan also sets out how government will raise the status of freight within the planning system, will develop with industry a £7 million Freight Innovation Fund and will undertake work to develop a National Freight Network. This work will support, and provide opportunities to increase the use of, waterways for freight.

Upgrades of the waterways network in the UK are the responsibility of the Canal and River Trust (CRT), which is sponsored by Defra. The Department for Transport continues to work with Defra officials and the CRT to ensure that freight is considered in the operation, maintenance and enhancement of the UK’s waterways.

There are a wide range of navigation authorities that manage inland waterways. These are either independent self-financing bodies such as port authorities or are funded by other branches of government such as Defra.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department is taking steps to connect Nottingham with rural parts of Nottinghamshire via the restoration of the Maid Marian Line.

The bid to progress the case for reopening the Maid Marian line to passenger services was unsuccessful as part of the Restoring Your Railway programme. However, the Government recognises the potential benefits of restoration of the Maid Marian Line and will therefore take the case under consideration as part of the Toton Study.

This study, which was established following the publication of the IRP, will assess accelerating transport improvements at Toton, such as a station for local or regional services. It will also include looking at the synergies and combined business case for proposals to reopen the Maid Marian line to passenger services.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the UK's departure from the EU on (1) employment within, and (2) disruptions affecting, the aviation sector.

There is no evidence to suggest the current disruption affecting the aviation sector is due to the UK’s departure from the EU. The disruption is not unique to the UK and results from service recovery challenges following the Covid-related reductions in capacity.

The Government is supporting the sector where we can as it works hard to build back resilience. As set out in Flightpath to the Future, published in May 2022, supporting the aviation workforce is a priority for the Department and skills retention for highly trained jobs is a key element of the sector’s recovery plan.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)