Debates between Lord Ravensdale and Baroness Vere of Norbiton

There have been 2 exchanges between Lord Ravensdale and Baroness Vere of Norbiton

1 Mon 8th February 2021 HS2: Phase 2B
Department for Transport
4 interactions (240 words)
2 Mon 19th October 2020 Trains: East Midlands
Department for Transport
3 interactions (180 words)

HS2: Phase 2B

Debate between Lord Ravensdale and Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Monday 8th February 2021

(3 weeks ago)

Lords Chamber

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Lord Ravensdale Portrait Lord Ravensdale (CB) [V]
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I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper and declare my interests as co-chair of the Midlands Engine All-Party Parliamentary Group.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport (Baroness Vere of Norbiton) (Con)
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My Lords, the Government are committed to ensuring that the Midlands, Yorkshire and the north-east realise the benefits of high-speed services. The integrated rail plan will set out the best way of delivering the eastern leg of HS2 phase 2b and will consider how to sequence its delivery to ensure that benefits are realised sooner and that it is integrated with other major schemes such as Northern Powerhouse Rail and Midlands Engine Rail.

Lord Ravensdale Portrait Lord Ravensdale (CB) [V]
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I thank the Minister for her reply. Only the full HS2 eastern leg and Midlands Engine Rail—including the developments from regeneration around the HS2 East Midlands hub at Toton—would deliver the connectivity and ambition needed to revive the Midlands economy post Covid. Does the Minister agree that the HS2 East Midlands hub should remain at Toton? The scale of development at Toton, creating 84,000 jobs and adding £4.8 billion to the value of the regional economy, will be key to levelling up the Midlands region after years of underinvestment.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton Portrait Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Con)
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My Lords, we have been very impressed by the scale of the regeneration plans for the proposed HS2 station at Toton. In the IRP it is very important that we consider regeneration and economic impacts on local areas, as well as how to create the right kind of rail network.

Trains: East Midlands

Debate between Lord Ravensdale and Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Monday 19th October 2020

(4 months, 1 week ago)

Lords Chamber

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Baroness Vere of Norbiton Portrait Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Con)
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The integrated rail plan announced in February 2020 will look at the delivery of high-speed rail alongside all the other rail enhancements across the Midlands, including the Midlands rail hub. Network Rail is already developing work in this area, including connectivity improvements between Birmingham and Nottingham.

Lord Ravensdale Portrait Lord Ravensdale (CB)
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My Lords, I declare my interest as co-chair of the Midlands Engine All-Party Parliamentary Group. Rail is playing a vital role in levelling up the Midlands and capitalising regional developments. A dedicated ministerial champion to drive this key programme forward within government would be hugely beneficial. Is that something that the Government will consider?

Baroness Vere of Norbiton Portrait Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Con)
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The Government take their relationship with Midlands Engine and Midlands Connect extremely seriously, and I have had a number of meetings with them. On transport for the east Midlands, the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, announced on 3 September a new collaborative agreement between local leaders in the east Midlands and the department. We have created two new posts within the department specifically for the east Midlands to provide a more influential role when it comes to rail service enhancement decisions.