Below you will find an overview of the Transport Select Committee's activities during the 2017-2019 Parliament:
Wednesday 30th October 2019
Transport Select Committee – Evidence session on the work of Highways England - Huw challenged Chief Executive of Highways England to justify its approach to building and improvements on the A21 following the Committee evidence session on the work of Highways England.
Thursday 17th October 2019
Transport Select Committee – Huw asks new Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps if the department was really able to deliver on reform as well as deal with the events which arise.
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Wednesday 17th July 2019
Transport Select Committee – Oral Evidence with Secretary of State for Transport, Christ Grayling MP. Huw asked about the out of court settlement with Euro tunnel for no deal Brexit ferry provision and on whether that was the right decision. Huw also asked why Highways England seemed to get away with running over budget.
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Wednesday 19th June 2019
Transport Select Committee - evidence session on pavement parking. Huw asked how pavement parking could be enforced and the difference between the enforcement powers of the police and local councils.
Wednesday 12th June 2019 -
Transport Select Committee - oral evidence session on road safety and the use of mobile phones. Huw asked about lack of enforcement of penalties and the potential for new technology to tackle mobile phone usage.
Wednesday 8th May 2019 -
Transport Select Committee - evidence session with Rail Minister Andrew Jones MP and Director General of the Rail Group Polly Payne. Huw asked about the rail franchising process.
Wednesday 1st May 2019 -
Transport Select Committee - inquiry into active travel concludes with evidence from Transport Minister, Jesse Norman. Huw asked about competing with cars, whether the department’s onerous standards mean local pedestrian safety measures cannot get delivered and whether enough is done to help disabled people.
Wednesday 27th March 2019 -
Transport Select Committee - inquiry into taxi and private hire reform. The committee asked the Chair of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing (TFG), Professor Mohammed Abdel-Haq, a range of questions on their recent report into taxi reform. Huw asked what the takeaway of the report was as well whether there had been any disagreements when drafting the report.
Wednesday 13th March 2019 -
Transport Select Committee - Update on HS2 with newly appointed chair Allan Cook. Huw asked whether it was now difficult to deliver big infrastructure projects.
Wednesday 13th February 2019 -
Transport Select Committee - Inquiry into bus market continues. Huw asks for better regulation to ensure that bus companies must provide services in the public good.
Wednesday 30th January 2019 -
Transport Select Committee - Inquiry into the bus market continues. Huw questions experts on the funding of socially necessary services.
Monday 3rd December 2018 -
Transport Select Committee - Local roads funding and governance inquiry. Huw questioned a panel of road experts on the priorities and efficiency of Highways England as well as asking whether the Highways Act needed an overhaul.
Monday 26th November 2018 -
Transport Select Committee - Buses inquiry continues. Huw questioned Mick Lynch, an RMT representative on why bus drivers do not enjoy the same benefits as RMT rail members. He also questioned bus companies on their profits and why rural services are being lost.
Tuesday 30th October 2018 -
Transport Select Committee - Buses inquiry begins, Huw asked about bus profits, lack of competition, more help for students and suggested that any bus operator who cancels a route must keep it open for 6 months as an asset of community value to give another operator the chance to step in whilst the route is still operating.
Monday 22nd October 2018 -
Transport Select Committee - Huw questioned ministers in the Transport department on the rail timetable changes that caused severe delays for passengers in May. He also asked ministers about the future of the Govia Thames Railway franchise.
Monday 10th September 2018 -
Transport Select Committee - Huw questioned the newly appointed Chief Executive of Network Rail and asked for an assurance that extra investment in helping those with mobility issues to access stations would continue. He put in a bid for Battle Station to win a share of a fund to turn the station into an accessible venue for passengers with disabilities or mobility needs.
Tuesday 24th July 2018 -
Transport Select Committee - concluding inquiry hearing on franchising. Huw asked the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, about the future model of rail operations. He highlighted Southern as a franchise with a much worse performance record which could benefit from the a closer public/private partnership.
Monday 18th June 2018 -
The Transport Select Committee - inquiry on Rail Timetabling with an evidence session from bosses of local train operator, GTR, and Network Rail.
Monday 21th May 2018 -
Transport Select Committee - ongoing inquiry into the East Coast Main Line. Witnesses included: The Rt Hon Lord Adonis, and Elaine Holt, Former Chief Executive, Directly Operated Railways. Huw questioned those giving evidence.
Monday 26th March 2018 -
Transport Select Committee - Inquiry into Rail Infrastructure Investment continued. There were two consecutive sessions, the first session questioned witnesses: Joanna Whittington, Chief Executive Officer, and John Larkinson, Director of Railway Markets and Economics, Office of Rail and Road. In the Second Session, the witnesses questioned comprised: Mark Carne, Chief Executive, and Jo Kaye, Managing Director, System Operator, Network Rail.
Monday 12th March 2018 -
Transport Select Committee - Inquiry into Rail Infrastructure Investment, Huw and the other members of the Transport Select Committee met to further discuss and hear evidence regarding the Inquiry into Rail Infrastructure Investment.
Monday 26th February 2018 -
Transport Select Committee - Inquiry into Rail Infrastructure Investment. The panel of witnesses comprised: Geoff Brown, Chair, Peninsula Rail Task Force, Maria Machancoses, Director, Midlands Connect, Barry White, Chief Executive, Transport for the North, and Mick Noone, Director of Integrated Transport, Merseytrave.
Tuesday 20th February 2018 -
Transport Select Committee - fourth and final oral evidence session for the Airports National Policy Statement Inquiry. The panel comprised: Sophie Dekkers, UK Director, EasyJet, Dale Keller, Chief Executive, BAR UK, Craig Kreeger, Chief Executive, Virgin Atlantic, and Willie Walsh, Chief Executive, IAG. Huw questioned those giving evidence to the committee.
Monday 15th January 2018 -
Transport Select Committee - third oral evidence session for the Airports National Policy Statement Inquiry. The panel comprised: Councillor Paul Hodgins, Leader of Richmond Upon Thames Council, Brendon Walsh, Chairman, and Joseph Carter, Chairman of the Transport sub-group, Heathrow Strategic Planning Group, Val Shawcross CBE, Deputy Mayor of London for Transport, and Alex Williams, Director of City Planning, Transport for London. Huw questioned those giving evidence to the committee.
Monday 18th December 2017 -
Transport Select Committee - second oral evidence session for the Airports National Policy Statement Inquiry. The panel comprised: Professor Helen Apsimon, Professor of Air Pollution Studies, Imperial College London, The Rt Hon The Lord Deben, Chairman, Committee on Climate Change, Professor Piers Forster, Professor of Physical Climate Change, University of Leeds, and Cait Hewitt, Deputy Director, Aviation Enviroment Federation. Huw questioned those giving evidence to the committee.
Monday 4th December 2017 -
Transport Select Committee - first of the four oral evidence sessions taking place during the Airports National Policy Statement Inquiry. The panel comprised: Philip Graham, Chief Executive, National Infrastructure Commission, Caroline Low, Director, Aviation Capacity Delivery, Department for Transport, and Dennis Morgan, Head of Aviation Capacity Economics Team, Department for Transport. Huw questioned those giving evidence to the committee.
Wednesday 29th November, 2017 -
Transport Select Committee - Inquiry into Community Transport, the panel consisted of Jesse Norman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Stephen Fidler, Deputy Director, Road Investment Strategy Client, Department for Transport, Peter Hearn, Head of Operations (North), Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, and Kevin Rooney, Traffic Commissioner for the West of England, Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain. Huw questioned those giving evidence.