Transport Committee explores Government’s joined-up plan for transport

The House of Commons Transport Committee will hold the first evidence session of its inquiry into Strategic Transport Objectives tomorrow (Wednesday), examining how the Government sets its objectives and how they influence decisions on investment. In the first panel, MPs will question the Chairs of the National Infrastructure Commission and the Union Connectivity Review. The […]

Government rejects claims driverless safety rules are “too weak and too vague”

The Government has responded to a Commons Transport Committee report into driverless cars, by insisting “safety is a priority” for its rules around the technology. In the report, the Committee had commented: “While it is widely assumed that self-driving vehicles will prove safer than human drivers, this is not a given. Optimistic predictions are often […]

DfT urged to prioritise strategic road maintenance over new enhancements

The Commons Transport Committee has published its report on the Department for Transport’s strategic road investment portfolios, urging the Government to ensure future Road Investment Strategy portfolios are deliverable and prioritise day-to-day maintenance over complex expansion projects. It bases that view on increasing costs of projects, net zero commitments and ageing strategic road assets. Read […]

Transport Committee uses TfN proposal on the future of transport

Transport for the North’s (TfN) proposal on devolving transport policy to the regions and developing a national transport strategy, will form part of The Transport Committee’s future inquiry into Strategic Transport Objectives. TfN shared with the Committee ideas on how to plan, develop and deliver public investment both in infrastructure and services. The Committee launched […]

Transport Committee calls for greater bus support

A new report by the House of Commons Transport Committee’s is arguing that, while the Government’s 2021 National Bus Strategy was ambitious, full of good ideas and supported by extra, much-needed funding, it must maintain its focus to achieve it and build a network fit for the post-pandemic world with more investment in cashless payments, […]

Roads Minister questioned on infrastructure delays

Roads and Local Transport Minister Richard Holden MP is facing questions from the House of Commons Transport Committee on the future of England’s A roads and motorways.   In this final session of the Committee’s inquiry into strategic road investment, MPs will also question chiefs of sub-national transport bodies (STBs) Midlands Connect, England’s Economic Heartland and […]

Planning policies for major rail and road infrastructure examined in new Transport Committee inquiry

The House of Commons Transport Committee is launching a new inquiry into the Government’s proposals to revise the National Networks National Policy Statement.   Secretaries of State for Transport use regulations contained in the Statement when deciding planning applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects for rail and road.  The current NNNPS was published in 2015 and […]

MPs disappointed by lack of Treasury engagement on motoring tax

The Transport Committee has published a Special Report comprising an exchange of letters between Committee Chair Iain Stewart MP and Treasury ministers regarding its The report warned the Government it risks losing out on tens of billions of tax revenue if it does not explore new forms of road taxation as drivers increasingly opt for […]

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