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.

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

 

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. 

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-huw-ques…

 

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. 

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/house-commons-bus-inquiry-continues

 

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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/house-commons-bus-inquiry-opens

 

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. 

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-rail-tim…    

 

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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/interviewing-network-rail-ceo

 

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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-rail-inquiry

 

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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-rail-timetabling-inquiry-starts

 

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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-east-coast-main-line

 

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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-rail-infrastructure-investment-1

 

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. 

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-rail-infrastructure-investment-0

 

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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-rail-infrastructure-investment

 

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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-airports-national-policy-statement-4

 

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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-airports-national-policy-statement-3

 

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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-airports-national-policy-statement-2

 

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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-airports-national-policy-statement

 

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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-inquiry-community-transport

 

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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-southern-rail-visit

 

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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-inquiry-huw-questions-british-transport-police-rail-safety

 

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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-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. 

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/huw-questions-rail-unions-transport-select-committee

 

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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/huw-questions-rail-industry-about-rail-safety-transport-select-committee

 

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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/huw-presses-rail-industry-and-rail-minister-rail-franchising-and-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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-inquiry-huw-questions-rmt-union-and-aslef-southern-rail-dispute

 

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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-session-huw-questions-secretary-state-departmental-responsibilities

 

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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-inquiry-southern-rail-dispute

 

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.   

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-inquiry-vauxhall-zafira-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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-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.     

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/inquiry-rail-passenger-experience-transport-select-committee

 

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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-operation-stack-inquiry

 

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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-emissions-testing

 

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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-vw-emissions

 

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?

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-–-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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/huw-lobbies-transport-ministers-road-and-rail-investment-bexhill-and-battle

 

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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-evidence-surface-transport-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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-road-traffic-law-enforcement

 

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.

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/transport-select-committee-evidence-session-operation-stack

 

Wednesday 14th October 2015 - 

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

https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/huw-merriman-mp-questions-vw-boss