Transport Select Committee

The Transport Committee is charged by the House of Commons with scrutiny of the Department for Transport. Its formal remit is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Transport and its associated public bodies.

Huw was elected Chair of the Transport Select Committee in 2020 having been a member since 2015.

On this page, you will be able to access Huw's contributions in the Transport Select Committee.


22nd July 2020

Mayor of London gives evidence

The Committee heard from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, on the implications of coronavirus for Transport for London (TfL). The session explored the issues facing TfL as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Other witnesses were Simon Kilonback, Chief Financial Officer, Transport for London and Gareth Powell, Managing Director of Surface Transport, Transport for London. Questions focused on a number of areas including: the protection of workers and passengers, funding and Government support, restarting London’s transport, walking, cycling, and the reallocation of road space, and the Crossrail Project. 


15th July 2020 

E-scooter inquiry

The Committee had its second and final oral evidence session for the inquiry into e-scooters. It included e-scooter companies and Rachel Maclean MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport.


8th July 2020

Coronavirus: implications for transport oral evidence session 

The Coronavirus: implications for transport inquiry continued with a session on the impact for freight and maritime. The session heard from representatives from the Freight Transport Association, Rail Freight Group and Road Haulage Association on the first panel. Representatives from the Chamber of Shipping, British Ports Association and CLdN Shipping appeared on a second panel. The Committee will continue to explore this sector in September.


1st July 2020

Formal meeting for the E-scooter inquiry

The Committee took evidence from external stakeholders on the effects of e-scooter legalisation. The Government is trialling the legalisation of e-scooters on roads.

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24th June 2020

Committee takes evidence from Secretary of State

As part of the Committee's inquiry into Coronavirus: implications for transport the Committee took evidence from the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps. 

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15th June 2020

Publication of Transport Select Committee's report

The Transport Select Committee published it's report The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the aviation sector. Read in full here:


28th May 2020

Huw questions Prime Minister during Liaison Committee meeting

The Liaison Committee is comprised of select committee chairs and scrunitses the Governement. Prime Minster Boris Johnson appeared before it for the first time.

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18th May 2020

Chair of the Transport Select Committee advocates air bridges

During Transport Oral Questions Huw advocated air bridges so that those travelling from countries where the infection rate is below one would not be subject to quarantine

Watch the question and the Secretary of State's response here:


18th May 2020 

Committee publishes open letter to the public 

In response to the large volume of correspondence on British Airway's redundancies, the Committee has published an open letter in response. This can be read in full here:


11th May 2020

Committee Questions Willie Walsh about British Airways

During the second session of the inquiry into 'Coronavirus: Implications for Transport', the Committee questioned the CEO of International Airlines Group, Willie Walsh. Discussed were the financial support available from Governments, the challenges of staff, terms & conditions on passenger refunds, and the health and protection of passengers and staff.

Huw, as Chairman of the Committee, commented afterwards:

"It is very disappointing that British Airways seem determined to press ahead with devastating cuts to their workforce despite the Government furlough scheme being extended until the end of October. On the one hand, BA are happy to take taxpayers’ money from the furlough scheme which was designed to help companies avoid redundancies. Yet on the other, BA is ploughing ahead with a cull of their workforce and a lowering of terms and conditions. This is not what people would expect from our national flag carrier. BA’s loyal staff deserve better than to be treated like this.”

You can watch the questioning here:


6th May 2020

Huw Chairs First Inquiry Session into 'Coronavirus: Implications for Transport'.

This inquiry will be held in three parts and the first session focused on Consumer Rights. The witnesses were Mark Tanzer, Cheif Executive of ABTA and Simon Calder, Senior Travel Editor for The Independent. 

The second part investigated airport operators and heard from John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive, Heathrow Airport, Debra Bowen-Rees, Deputy Chair of RABA (Regional and Business Airports Group), and Karen Dee, Chief Executive, Airport Operators Association.

The final part looked at representatives from the airline industry with the witness Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive, Airlines UK.

You can keep track of the inquiry on the Committee's website here:

And watch the full session here:


Friday 24th April 2020

Transport Select Committee holds HS2 Evidence Session 

The Committee took evidence from Sir John Armitt CBE from the National Infrastructure Commission, Mark Thurston the Executive Chief Office of HS2 Ltd, and Andrew Stephenson MP about the developments of the project during the session. 

Watch the session here:


Friday 24th April 2020

Transport Chair calls for fairer rail compensation during lockdown

The Chair of the Transport Committee, Huw Merriman MP, has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP, to call for a better deal for rail season ticket holders whose usual journeys have been cancelled by the outbreak of coronavirus. Unless the changes are made, many passengers will not receive any recompense at all for circumstances beyond their control.

A copy of the correspondence is published on the website.


Tuesday 21st April 2020

Transport Select Committee - E-scooter inquiry launched. An inquiry to explore the safety and legal implications of electric scooters, their impact on congestion, and potential contribution to reducing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, ahead of the Government’s obligations to reach net zero by 2050.

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Friday 6th March 2020 -

Transport Select Committee, the Chair, Huw Merriman outlined the priorities for the Committee's immediate future programme: High Speed 2, electric scooters, young and novice drivers, local transport priorities.

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Thursday 30th January 2020

Transport Select Committee – Huw Merriman MP elected as Transport Select Committee chair in the House of Commons in a contested vote having been a serving member since 2015.

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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.

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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.


Wednesday 1st March 2017 -

The Transport Select Committee paid a visit to Southern Rail to view the driver-only operated trains which have been at the centre of an industrial dispute between the train operator and train unions for almost a year.


Monday 16th January 2017 -

Transport Select Committee - Rail Safety Inquiry, Huw questioned DCC Adrian Hanstock, Deputy Chief Constable, British Transport Police, and Mrs Charlotte Vitty, Interim Chief Executive, British Transport Police Authority on Rail Safety in the Transport Select Committee.


Tuesday 10th January 2017 -

Transport Select Committee - Huw questioned Andrew Hugill, Director, Policy and Technical Affairs, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, Dominic Proud, Chair, and John Elliott, Vice Chair, National Transport Committee, Local Government Technical Advisers Group, Andrew Meaney, Partner, Oxera Consulting LLP, and Dr David Met in the Transport Select Committee session on Urban Congestion.


Monday 28th November 2016 -

Transport Select Committee - Huw Merriman questioned Mick Whelan, General Secretary, ASLEF, Mick Cash, General Secretary, RMT, and Hugh Roberts, National Officer, Unite in the Transport Select Committee on Rail Safety in relation to the industrial action across the Southern network.


Monday 14th November 2016 -

Transport Select Committee - Huw Merriman questioned Ian Prosser, Director of Railway Safety and HM Chief Inspector of Railways, Office of Rail and Road, and Simon French, Chief Inspector, Rail Accident Investigation Branch on the investigation into Reedham Train Station. He also questioned Mark Carne, Chief Executive of Network Rail on the consequences of the new level crossing requirements.


Monday 7th November 2016 -

Transport Select Committee - Huw Merriman questioned a number of rail industry experts including Roger Cobbe, Policy Director, Arriva UK Trains Ltd, and Tim Shoveller, Managing Director of Stagecoach Rail, Stagecoach Group. He also questioned Paul Maynard MP, Under Secretary of State for Transport, and Peter Wilkinson, Managing Director of Passenger Services, Department for Transport on rail franchising and the ongoing Southern Rail dispute.


Monday 24th October 2016 -

Transport Select Committee Inquiry - Huw Merriman questioned Mick Cash, General Secretary of the RMT Union, and Mick Whelan, General Secretary of ASLEF in the Transport Select Committee on the Southern Rail dispute and rail franchising.


Monday 17th October 2016 -

Transport Select Committee  - Huw Merriman raised questions to the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP the Secretary of State for Transport along with Philip Rutnam, Permanent Secretary, Department for Transport about their priorities and departmental annual report on accounts. He also raised questions about the Southern Rail disruption and what was being done to resolve it.


Thursday 21st July 2016 –

Transport Select Committee – Southern Rail Dispute, Huw Merriman questioned the Rail Minister, Paul Maynard and Bernadette Kelly CB, Director General, Rail Group about the ongoing issues with Southern Rail following the implementation of their temporary reduced timetable of services.


Tuesday 19th July 2016 –

Transport Select committee, Inquiry into Vauxhall Zafira Fires.  On Tuesday 19th July, the Transport Select Committee questioned representatives from Vauxhall, General Motors and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency over the Vauxhall Zafira B fires.


Wednesday 13th July 2016 –

Transport Select Committee – Southern Rail Dispute,  Chair of Transport Select Committee, Louise Ellman MP and Huw Merriman MP questioned Claire Perry MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Transport on what the resolution is to the Southern Rail dispute.


Tuesday 7th June 2016 –

Inquiry into Rail Passenger Experience, Transport Select Committee - The Transport Select Committee held an inquiry into rail passenger experience on Monday 6th June.


Tuesday 12th April 2016 –

Transport Select Committee  Operation Stack Inquiry -  the Transport Select Committee concluded its inquiry on Operation Stack, giving evidence before the committee were Andrew Jones MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, and Jon Griffiths, Deputy Director, Road Investment Strategy Division, Department for Transport, and Jim O'Sullivan, Chief Executive, Highways England.


Wednesday 24th February 2016 –

Transport Select Committee Emissions Testing investigating the vehicle emissions scandal which impacted Volkswagen cars.  Likely to lead to a tightening of European Union regulations so that cars are not just tested for emissions in laboratories, where software can 'cheat' the test, but in real-world driving conditions.


Monday 25th January 2016 –

Transport Select Committee VW Emissions, Huw Merriman questions Paul Willis, Managing Director, Volkswagen UK, and Oliver Schmidt, Engineer, Volkswagen AG on the issue surrounding the vehicle emissions scandal.


Monday 11th January 2016 –

Transport Select Committee Vehicle Type Approval, Huw Merriman MP questioned witnesses: David Bizley, Chief Engineer at RAC Motoring Services, Graham Hope Editor of Auto Express and Carbuyer and Jim Holder Editorial Director of What Car?–-vehicle-type-approval


Wednesday 2nd December 2015-

Huw Lobbies Transport Ministers for Road and Rail Investment in Bexhill and Battle, Huw Merriman, MP for Bexhill and Battle, lobbied transport Ministers for improvements to the A21 and for the High Speed Rail project when he met them in Westminster.


Monday 9th November 2015 –

Transport select Committee Evidence on Surface Transport to Airports Huw Merriman questions; Chris Chalk, Aviation Practice Leader, Mott MacDonald, and Grant Brooker, Senior Executive Partner, Foster and Partners about surface transport to airports.


Monday 2nd November 2015 –

Transport Select Committee – Road Traffic Law Enforcement Huw Merriman MP asks, Superintendent Paul Keasey, West Midlands Police, and Inspector Steven Cox, Wiltshire Police about road traffic accidents and speed awareness courses.


Thursday 15th October 2015-

Transport Select Committee Evidence Session on Operation Stack, Huw Merriman MP questions Natalie Chapman, Head of Policy, Freight Transport Association, Tim Waggott, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Dover and Peter Cullum, Head of international affairs, Road Haulage Association.


Wednesday 14th October 2015 - 

Huw Merriman MP Questions VW Boss on their emissions violations during a hearing of the Transport Select Committee