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Transport Committee questions Secretary of State

27 September 2017

The new Transport Select Committee examines recent decisions by the Department for Transport as they question the Secretary of State, Chris Grayling MP.

Planned electrification on railway lines scrapped

In the first public evidence session for the Committee, MPs will unpick the thinking behind policy changes by the Department for Transport, including the scrapping of planned electrification on railway lines in Wales, the Midlands and the North of England.

Scrutinise Department for Transport decisions

Chair of the Committee, Lilian Greenwood MP, commented:

"The new Transport Committee wants to get to grips with the rationale for Department for Transport decisions. We want to understand the Department's thinking – get into the nuts and bolts of why they have made recent changes to policy.

For example, the Government announced it would scrap electrification of several high profile routes including projects between Kettering and Sheffield, Cardiff Central and Swansea and Oxenholme and Windermere. Transpennine electrification is also likely to be 'discontinuous'. Members of the Committee will want to know how the Department reached that decision, and why.

The Secretary of State should expect to be asked how the public is served by current transport policy, whether the passenger is a disabled person seeking wheelchair spaces on buses, a regular user of the railways, or seeking updates on investment in transport in their region.

The Transport Committee intends to scrutinise Department for Transport decisions which impact lives across the UK, every day."

Witness 

Monday 16 October 2017, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 4.45pm

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