First evidence session on Cross-border road and rail connectivity

11 June 2012

First evidence session on Cross-border road and rail connectivity on Tuesday 12 June 2012.


Tuesday 12 June 2012, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 10.30am 

  • David Sidebottom, Passenger Team Director, Passenger Focus
  • Iwan Prys Jones, Interim TAITH Executive Officer, TAITH
  • Mark Youngman, Chair, Sewta Rail Working Group (also Transport Policy and Compliance Manager, Monmouthshire County Council), South East Wales Transport Alliance.

At 11.15am 

  • Dr Elizabeth Haywood, Director, and Dr Grahame Guilford, CBI Wales and member, SEWEF Executive Board, South East Wales Economic Forum
  • Ian Gallagher, Policy Manager for Wales
  • Christopher Snelling, Head of Global Supply Chain Policy, Freight Transport Association
  • Robin Smith, Welsh Representative, Rail Freight Group. 

Inquiry focus

  • The extent to which cross-border public road and rail services are currently provided for and accessed by the Welsh population
  • The arrangements currently in place to co-ordinate cross-border road and rail transport service provision
  • The potential impact on Wales of the plans for a High Speed 2 (HS2) Rail Service between London, the Midlands and North of England
  • The funding of cross-border transport infrastructure
  • The progress made on improving co-ordination between the Welsh Government and Department for Transport on cross-boundary issues and matters of strategic importance.

This evidence session is open to the public and press, all are welcome to attend. The venue is fully accessible. There is no need to reserve a place but if you would like more information please contact the Committee on 020 7219 6189 or

For the full terms of reference of the inquiry please go the Committee’s website

Further information 

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