Debates between Jeremy Quin and Chris Grayling

There have been 6 exchanges between Jeremy Quin and Chris Grayling

1 Tue 6th December 2016 Rail Infrastructure (Train Operating Companies)
Department for Transport
3 interactions (217 words)
2 Tue 25th October 2016 Airport Capacity
Department for Transport
3 interactions (238 words)
3 Tue 5th June 2018 Airports National Policy Statement
Department for Transport
3 interactions (226 words)
4 Mon 4th June 2018 Rail Timetabling
Department for Transport
6 interactions (262 words)
5 Thu 19th April 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Department for Transport
3 interactions (235 words)
6 Thu 1st March 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Department for Transport
8 interactions (283 words)

Rail Infrastructure (Train Operating Companies)

Debate between Jeremy Quin and Chris Grayling
Tuesday 6th December 2016

(4 years, 2 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Chris Grayling Portrait Chris Grayling
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This is the problem with the proposition. The hon. Gentleman says that more frequent trains would be provided, but the Mayor’s business plan did not provide more frequent trains. It provided no extra capacity in peak hours into the stations that serve the Southeastern route, and it would have involved the biggest reorganisation of those routes since the 1920s. My judgment is that, as it does not deliver the more frequent trains the hon. Gentleman describes, we should design the franchise through partnership, rather than upheaval.

Jeremy Quin Portrait Jeremy Quin (Horsham) (Con)
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As the Secretary of State is well aware, there are appalling problems on Southern rail, which have been going on for a significant period and made worse by the apparent inability of Network Rail and Govia Thameslink Railway to work together. May I welcome his work with Chris Gibb and his pragmatic approach both to that and to the unions?

Chris Grayling Portrait Chris Grayling
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I appreciate my hon. Friend’s comments. One of the breakdowns last week was caused by a piece of equipment being left behind from engineering work being done to sort out the problems in the Balcombe tunnel, which contribute to the unreliability on that network. Some of the money I announced in September is now being spent operationally on the ground. It is frustrating when it has an unfortunate accidental wrong effect.

Airport Capacity

Debate between Jeremy Quin and Chris Grayling
Tuesday 25th October 2016

(4 years, 4 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Chris Grayling Portrait Chris Grayling
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I have talked to the boss of IAG, the parent company of British Airways, about the Chengdu decision. It has a number of routes to China and other parts of Asia. It has simply taken a commercial decision that the Chengdu situation has not proved viable. The issue is not about an individual route, but about connectivity for the future and the opportunity to open up new possibilities. It will not always be British Airways that opens up those routes; other airlines might choose to fly from developing markets to the United Kingdom. Those are the opportunities that we will need for the future. That is why we believe that expansion is necessary. If we are to open up new trading opportunities around the world, we must have the capacity to offer those new links. If we look at the price at which a slot trades at Heathrow airport, we realise that demand far exceeds supply.

Jeremy Quin Portrait Jeremy Quin (Horsham) (Con)
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I, too, congratulate my right hon. Friend on taking a decision that is absolutely rooted in the national interest. Will he confirm that Heathrow has the support of all three of the devolved Administrations?

Chris Grayling Portrait Chris Grayling
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My hon. Friend is absolutely right. It does have that support, as well as support from business and the trade unions. That is not to say that the Gatwick proposals were not strong or attractive, but the Heathrow option was undoubtedly the one that gained the most support.

Airports National Policy Statement

Debate between Jeremy Quin and Chris Grayling
Tuesday 5th June 2018

(2 years, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Chris Grayling Portrait Chris Grayling
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5 Jun 2018, 1:53 p.m.

As far as I am concerned, that is fully funded, and we intend to extract as much money as possible from Heathrow for all the improvements—it needs to make a substantial contribution to this, but the project will be delivered.

Jeremy Quin Portrait Jeremy Quin (Horsham) (Con)
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5 Jun 2018, 1:53 p.m.

May I warmly welcome this comprehensive statement? I wish to pick up on a point that my right hon. Friend made about freight transportation, because I believe that was omitted from the otherwise excellent Davies commission. Will he confirm that, and will he also confirm that adding in freight transport significantly increases the economic value of Heathrow?

Chris Grayling Portrait Chris Grayling
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5 Jun 2018, 1:54 p.m.

Yes, I was surprised that that was not taken into account, but the Davies commission did not seek to monetise the freight potential of an expanded Heathrow and factor that into its findings. We have carefully followed the same methodology as it used, because we judged it to be wrong to change methodology mid-stream, but the numbers do not include freight. Heathrow is our biggest freight airport by value—it is our biggest freight port by value. It is central to the economy of many parts of the UK, ranging from the north of Scotland, from where smoked salmon products are shipped internationally via Heathrow, to more local businesses in the London area. My hon. Friend is absolutely right to say that freight is a crucial part of this decision.

Rail Timetabling

Debate between Jeremy Quin and Chris Grayling
Monday 4th June 2018

(2 years, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Chris Grayling Portrait Chris Grayling
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4 Jun 2018, 4:49 p.m.

The Labour party keeps saying that it wants the Government to run the railways. We do not at the moment. The temporary Northern timetable has been put in place this week. Some adjustment of rosters is taking place right now. I hope and believe that by the middle of the week, we will return to a point of stability, with a lower level of cancellations than today and tomorrow and getting back to a reasonably dependable timetable within a day or two. That is what I am expecting, that is what we have been promised, and that is what we will be demanding of Northern Rail.

Jeremy Quin Portrait Jeremy Quin (Horsham) (Con)
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4 Jun 2018, 4:49 p.m.

rose—

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Chris Grayling Portrait Chris Grayling
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4 Jun 2018, 4:49 p.m.

I am very clear that we have to provide a compensation scheme of the kind that was delivered to Southern passengers after the huge disruption they experienced a year ago. I am very clear that that is what will happen.

Jeremy Quin Portrait Jeremy Quin
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4 Jun 2018, 4:49 p.m.

To reassure you, Mr Speaker, an hour’s wait is sadly not unusual for Horsham right now. I wish we were getting back to a far more regular service. Significant investment has been put into our line, which was meant to result in a far better service for our commuters. I welcome an independent inquiry to find out what on earth has gone wrong, but in the meantime, can we at least ensure that where there are fewer, busier trains, they are not short-form, so that people can get on them?

Chris Grayling Portrait Chris Grayling
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4 Jun 2018, 4:49 p.m.

That has to be dealt with, and we will communicate that to GTR. If there are fewer trains running, they should be not short-form trains.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Jeremy Quin and Chris Grayling
Thursday 19th April 2018

(2 years, 10 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Chris Grayling Portrait Chris Grayling
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19 Apr 2018, 9:51 a.m.

Western rail access to Heathrow is part of our plans for control period 6, and I expect construction to start between 2019 and 2024. The hon. Gentleman will be aware that I recently invited the private sector to bring forward proposals for southern access as well, as part of a land and surface access package that will bring substantial increases to the capacity of rail links to Heathrow airport.

Jeremy Quin Portrait Jeremy Quin (Horsham) (Con)
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19 Apr 2018, 9:51 a.m.

These problems are not unique to Heathrow; they also affect areas around Gatwick, which has a lower level of ambient noise. Will the Secretary of State assure the House that any further lessons learned about how we reduce noise at Heathrow can be applied more generally?

Chris Grayling Portrait Chris Grayling
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19 Apr 2018, 9:51 a.m.

They can be, and the point I did not make in my response to the hon. Member for Brentford and Isleworth (Ruth Cadbury) and my hon. Friend the Member for Windsor (Adam Afriyie) is that we are in the process of modernising the use of airspace in this country. I hope and believe that that will allow us to manage much more carefully respite for airports, and flight paths into and out of airports, and to do the best we can to minimise the impact of aviation on communities. There can be no situation where there is no impact, but I want us to do our best to ensure that that impact is as carefully managed and minimised as possible.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Jeremy Quin and Chris Grayling
Thursday 1st March 2018

(2 years, 12 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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1 Mar 2018, 9:49 a.m.

As I know, my hon. Friend has been a regular advocate for direct services, and I would like to see those happen. I am looking to see whether we can maximise the capacity on the east coast main line to make additional services possible. Of course the arrival of HS2 will allow many services that cannot be run now because of capacity constraints to happen, because of the additional capacity it will create on routes to the north and Scotland.

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Jeremy Quin Portrait Jeremy Quin
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1 Mar 2018, 9:49 a.m.

I am absolutely going to. In respect of the proposed alternatives to the current east coast franchise, has the Secretary of State seen President Macron’s recent remarks about the nationalised French railways, and has he any remarks to make on them?

Chris Grayling Portrait Chris Grayling
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Wisdom sometimes comes from our allies across the channel. I did see those remarks, and they are a timely reminder that a nationalised railway is not the panacea that some believe it is.

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Jeremy Quin Portrait Jeremy Quin (Horsham) (Con)
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T7. Last weekend, and so completely unrelated to the current weather, Southern rail passengers at Redhill suffered the most appalling, shambolic and potentially dangerous scenes. I appreciate that underlying that situation might be the extremely good investment programme, but what assurances has the Minister received that these awful scenes will not be repeated? [904132]

Chris Grayling Portrait Chris Grayling
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1 Mar 2018, 10:25 a.m.

Let me say very clearly and unequivocally that what took place last Sunday was unacceptable. On behalf of the Government, I apologise for it and the company has already done so. We have made our views known to the company in the strongest possible terms. It was unacceptable and lessons have to be learned. The company is putting in place arrangements to make sure people receive appropriate financial compensation. It must not happen again.