Tag Archives: Department for Transport

Does anyone understand the Williams-Shapps Rail Plan?


On the 20th May the Government published a policy paper under the headline of “Great British Railways: Williams-Shapps plan for rail” which is described as the The government’s plan to transform the railways in Great Britain. The two people who … Continue reading

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Two very different levels of support for public transport


On Monday there were a series of answers relating to Transport type questions that came from Nusrat Ghani who is a Transport Ministers and also the MP for the location where I work. I work in Uckfield which is located … Continue reading

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Total lies or pure incompetence


The idea that Parliament in general and the Government in particular does not record its activities and the work it carries out is proven as a clear lie by the fact that Hansard records debates and questions and answers such … Continue reading

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Three DfT broken-buses crawl along together!


My blog yesterday focused on the unwillingness of the Department for Transport to answer a very simple and straightforward question, raised by Cheryl Gillan MP on the 13th March in the House of Commons regarding HS2. The Minister who refused … Continue reading

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Complete un-accountability regarding Grayling


A few days ago Steve Bassam asked a very simple question directed at the Department for Transport regarding their senior Minister. On Wednesday the department took the trouble to answer the question or perhaps more accurately they responded by acknowledging … Continue reading

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An empty port and unbuilt Bridge


Over the last few days news has emerged regarding two very different Government sponsored projects which were each high profile, albeit for different reasons and which have now been curtailed, also for different reasons. Both led to the potential for … Continue reading

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When will Parliament step up to the footplate?


The theory that the House of Commons is supposed to act in a manner that holds the Government to account was shown to be rather lacking following the 82 minute debate which took place on Monday over ‘Rail Timetabling’. The … Continue reading

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Department for Transport travel costs


Last Monday Labour MP Andrew Gwynne asked the Government about their expenditure on travel for the Department for Transport over the last 4 years. It is not clear what was at the back of his mind in asking the question, … Continue reading

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The need for wisdom at the top


Over the last few months there has been understandable outrage at comments by Peter Wilkinson, a senior Civil Servant in the Department for Transport as he set out to challenge rail workers at the beginning of 2016 at a public … Continue reading

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Yet more talking, to what purpose?


Last month I wrote a blog about the resignation as rail Minister of Claire Perry, coming as it did, a few days after her appearance before MPs on 13th July in a debate on the travails of the Southern Rail … Continue reading

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