South West transport inquiry hits the road

For immediate release: 22 October 2009

Chair of the Committee available for interview / contact Nick 07917488141

10.30 - 12.30am, 26 October, Rosalind Franklin Room, At-Bristol, Anchor Rd, Bristol

MPs on the South West Select Committee will be in Bristol on Monday 26 October to hold their first public hearing in the Committee's new transport inquiry. Campaign groups, transport operators and local authorities will be on the panel to give evidence and answer some of the big questions facing the region on transport.

The inquiry has already sparked considerable interest in the South West with over 90 different groups submitting written evidence to the Committee. This is the biggest response yet received by any regional select committee inquiry, House of Commons officials have confirmed.

Chair of the South West Select Committee Alison Seabeck MP said:
"The South West often feels left behind when it comes to investment in transport."

"Our Committee wants to make a difference by highlighting the region's particular transport needs and gathering ideas on how to improve the way we get around."

"We want to find out what needs to be done to ensure the region gets a transport system fit for the twenty first century - one that is safe, affordable and environmentally friendly."

"I am delighted with the large number of responses we have had so far - the inquiry really seems to have struck a chord with people in the South West."

There will be two panels of witnesses at the hearing in Bristol. The first, starting at 10.30am, will discuss national transport policy and feature: Travel Watch Southwest, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Institute of Directors, and Friends of the Earth. The second, beginning at 11.30am will look at urban and suburban transport with evidence from West of England Partnership, Plymouth City Council, First Group UK Bus Division, Campaign for Better Transport (Bristol and Bath), Sustrans, and the Regional Director of Public Health.