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Content published before December 2016

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on railways. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
10.11.2016National rail usage and performance in Great Britain: Social Indicators page
The number of passenger journeys on franchised national railway services is at record levels.
10.11.2016Passenger transport in Great Britain: Social Indicators page
Transport by cars, vans and taxis constituted 83% of the total distance travelled by passengers in 2014.
01.11.2016The Northern Powerhouse
This briefing paper provides a general overview of the UK Government's plans for a 'Northern Powerhouse'. It explains the origins of the Northern Powerhouse concept, the policy and funding commitments set out by Government, the implications for changes in governance and a look at the future in light of the policies of the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, and the UK's decision to leave the European Union.
26.08.2016Brexit: impact across policy areas
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the current situation in a range of policy areas and considers what impact Brexit might have. This will depend, among other things, on the Brexit negotiations, whether the UK stays in the European Economic Area and how the Government fills any policy gaps left by withdrawal.
23.08.2016Local transport in England, 2010-
This paper explains how local transport governance is structured in England and what funding is available. It also looks at the broader question of transport devolution and how the devolved landscape might look in the future.
26.07.2016Transport in Scotland
This paper gives an overview of those transport areas that are reserved to the UK Parliament and those which are devolved to Scotland, including most recently by the Scotland Act 2016.
25.07.2016Transport in Wales
This paper gives an overview of those transport areas that are reserved to the UK Parliament; those which are devolved to Wales and proposals by the Silk Commission and in the Wales Bill to devolve further powers.
25.07.2016Brexit: how will it affect transport?
This Commons Library briefing paper discusses some of the pertinent issues in the four main transport policy areas: aviation, railways, roads and road-based public transport, and maritime. It will be updated and expanded as more information is published and new issues emerge.
13.07.2016Sources of Statistics: Transport
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on transport.
04.05.2016Rail regulation
This paper explains how the railways have been regulated since privatisation, including the present role and responsibilities of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), and proposals for the future reform of rail regulation.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
12.05.2016Queen's Speech 2016 Day 4: Economic Affairs, Energy, Environment, Local Government and Transport
The House of Lords is due to debate the Queen's Speech over four days between 19 and 25 May 2016. This briefing is one of four prepared by the House of Lords Library to cover the themes of each day of debate.
03.07.2014Deregulation Bill (HL Bill 33 of 2014-15)
The Deregulation Bill is a wide-ranging bill that is intended to remove or reduce regulatory burdens on businesses, civil society, individuals, public sector bodies and the taxpayer across a number of policy areas including: general and specific areas of business, companies and insolvency, the use of land, housing, transport, communications, the environment, education and training, entertainment, public authorities and the administration of justice.

POSTnotes

DateDescription
18.10.2016Creating age-friendly cities
This POSTnote examines how housing, outdoor spaces and transport can be made more age-friendly. It also highlights challenges for designing and delivering age-friendly cities.
05.06.2015Trends in Transport
Transport is a key driver of economic growth. It links people to their workplaces and connects businesses. It also affects health, the environment and societal wellbeing. This POSTnote looks at why transport is changing, outlines current trends across and within transport sectors and considers the planning of transport networks.
08.08.2014Big and Open Data in Transport
This POSTnote examines key factors affecting the growth of big data in transport and current and future applications, focusing on road and public transport. It also explores challenges to opening up, collecting, disseminating and using big data, and to sharing data whilst protecting users' privacy.
25.03.2013Accessing Public Transport
This POSTnote looks at the current barriers to and future opportunities for improving the accessibility of the public transport system.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
29.11.2011Tunnel vision? Completing the European rail market.
European Union Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
22.06.2011Department for Transport: the InterCity East Coast Passenger Rail Franchise.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
03.05.2011Transport and the economy.
Government response. Transport Select Committee report [Commons]
26.04.2011Keeping the UK moving: the impact on transport of the winter weather in December 2010.
Transport Select Committee report [Commons]
15.02.2011Transport and the economy.
Transport Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
25.01.2012GREAT WESTERN FRANCHISE
That this House notes that the Department for Transport has recently published the Great Western Franchise consultation document; is concerned that proposals in the document to encourage ...
25.01.2012CHURCHILL CLEANERS AND THE TYNE AND WEAR METRO
That this House commends the work undertaken by the cleaners employed by Churchill Contract Services on theTyne andWear Metro; notes they are paid minimum wage rates for the vital ...
19.12.2011FUTURE FUNDING OF CROSSRAIL
That this House notes with alarm reports that the Secretary of State for Transport has refused to grant Transport for London's request to raise its debt ceilings in order to directly ...
19.12.2011PROCUREMENT OF ELECTRIC MULTIPLE UNIT RAIL VEHICLES FOR SOUTHERN RAILWAY
That this House welcomes the decision of the Secretary of State for Transport to bring forward the procurement of approximately 130 additional electric multiple unit rail vehicles for ...
15.12.2011BOMBARDIER
That this House welcomes the decision by the Secretary of State for Transport to explore the possible procurement of approximately 57 electrically-powered vehicles for insertion into ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses