Heathrow Rail Links Mentioned in Parliamentary Questions and Debates

Lord Bradshaw / Baroness Vere – 22nd May 2019

Lord Bradshaw: To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to announce the next stage of the process for selecting a preferred developer for a Southern Rail Link to Heathrow Airport. [HL15710]

Baroness Vere of Norbiton: The Department has not undertaken a procurement process to select a preferred developer for a Southern Rail Link to Heathrow.

Lord Bradshaw / Baroness Vere – 22nd May 2019

Lord Bradshaw: To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect (1) funding to be approved, and (2) an application for a Development Consent Order to be made, for a Western Rail Link to Heathrow Airport. [HL15709]

Baroness Vere of Norbiton: The Government fully supports the development of a Western Rail Link to Heathrow. The development of a five case business case for the Western Rail Link to Heathrow is nearing completion. The Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline sets out the process and principles underpinning funding of enhancements to the railway. Subject a satisfactory business case, and the agreement of acceptable terms with the Heathrow aviation industry, funding would be made available to take the project forward to the ‘Design’ gateway. On that basis, Network Rail expects to submit its Development Consent Order later in the Autumn.

Andy McDonald MP / Andrew Jones MP – 22nd May 2019

Andy McDonald MP: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 30 April 2019 to Question 249314 on Railways, what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) a Western Rail Link to Heathrow Airport and (b) a Southern Rail Link to Heathrow Airport on the level of emissions of (i) greenhouse gases and (ii) other atmospheric pollutants in relation to (A) the existing configuration and (B) the addition of the North West Runway at London Heathrow Airport. (254201)Tabled on: 14 May 2019

Andrew Jones MP: When developing the Airports National Policy Statement (ANPS), the Government considered the environmental impacts of airport expansion, including surface access, in its assessment. The ANPS is clear that a new Northwest Runway will not receive Development Consent unless it can demonstrate compliance with air quality and climate change obligations.Specific assessment of air quality and climate change impacts associated with the proposed Western and Southern Rail Links will form part of the required environmental assessments accompanying any development consent application. Both schemes are intended to support travel mode shift from road to rail, therefore supporting air quality and climate change targets.RegardsMark

Andy McDonald MP / Andrew Jones MP – 22nd May 2019

Andy McDonald MP: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 30 April 2019 to Question 249315 on Railways, how many proposals for a Southern Rail Link to Heathrow were received following his market-led proposals invitation of 20 March 2018, how many of those proposals remain under active consideration by his Department; on what dates he last (a) met and (b) corresponded with the promoters of schemes under active consideration; and when he plans to announce the process for selecting a preferred developer. (254200) Tabled on: 14 May 2019

Andrew Jones MP: 30 market-led proposals were received in response to the Call for Ideas launched in March 2018. Due to commercial confidentiality we are not able to disclose details of meetings or correspondence with particular proposals. The Department responded to those proposals in December 2018 and continued engagement with 10 proposals which had the potential to be financially credible without government support.Separately to the Call for Ideas, a Southern Rail Link to Heathrow Market Sounding was also launched in March 2018. Following the publication of the Market Sounding Report in December 2018 the Department has been working to further develop and clarify the outcomes we want to be delivered from this project and consider appropriate commercial and procurement models. This work will be made available to the market by the summer along with further engagement opportunities.

Andy McDonald MP / Andrew Jones MP – 22nd May 2019

Andy McDonald MP: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 30 April 2019 to Question 249314, what (a) meetings, (b) correspondence and (c) other engagement his Department has had with (i) local authorities, (ii) the Mayor of London and (iii) the aviation industry on Western and Southern Rail Access to London Heathrow Airport since the publication of the Nicholls-Agilia reports on 19 December 2018. (254202)Tabled on: 14 May 2019

Andrew Jones MP: My Department has continued to actively engage with many parties in the interest of passengers and communities including Local Authorities, Transport for London and representatives of the aviation industry since the publication of the Market Sounding Findings Report published in December 2018.

Zac Goldsmith / Michael Ellis – 21st May 2019

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary go State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effectiveness of the level of the proposed penalty to be imposed on Heathrow airport in the event that it does not increase the number of passengers using public transport to access the airport by the time third runway is operational.

Michael Ellis: The Airports National Policy Statement is clear that any application for development consent must include details of how the applicant will achieve a wide range of mitigations, including public transport mode share targets. Mitigations included in a Development Consent Order or recommended as a result of examination will become requirements that are enforceable under the Planning Act 2008. The detail of these requirements, including any penalties, will flow from the planning process, but could include financial provision for remedial measures or operating restrictions. A breach of any requirement without reasonable excuse would be a criminal offence, and there are wide-ranging powers for the relevant planning authority to investigate and intervene should there be any breach, including by injunctions.

Stephen Morgan MP / Andrew Jones MP – 15th May 2019

Stephen Morgan MP: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consultation his department has undertaken with (a) local authorities, (b) Local Enterprise Partnerships and business organisations, (c) trades unions and (d) voluntary sector bodies in the south of England on the potential benefits of a southern rail link to London Heathrow Airport.

Andrew Jones MP: The Department has been actively engaging with many interested parties to better understand their views on this scheme. This is being done as part of the work to clarify Government’s objectives for the scheme which was a recommendation of the Market Sounding Findings Report, published in December 2018.

Stephen Morgan MP / Andrew Jones MP – 15th May 2019

Stephen Morgan MP: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his timescale is for announcing the next stage of the process for selecting a preferred developer for a southern rail link to Heathrow Airport.

Andrew Jones MP: The Department has not undertaken a procurement process to select a preferred developer for a Southern Rail Link to Heathrow. Following the publication of the Market Sounding Report which showed that none of the schemes put forward were able to advance without Government support, and in line with the Report recommendations, the Department has been working to further develop and clarify the outcomes we want to be delivered from this project and consider appropriate commercial and procurement models. This work will be made available to the market by the summer along with further engagement opportunities.

Lord Bradshaw / Baroness Vere – 14th May 2019

Lord Bradshaw: To ask Her Majesty's Government when the expect the platforms at Old Oak Common station designed to be served by trains operated under the Great Western franchise to be open. [HL15711]

Baroness Vere of Norbiton: The new station at Old Oak Common is being designed to offer connectivity between HS2, the Elizabeth Line and the Great Western Main Line. HS2 Ltd will work with its construction partner, once appointed, to optimise cost and schedule. We will make public a Full Business Case, including an assessment of schedule, later in the year.

Lord Berkeley / Baroness Vere – 14th May 2019

Lord Berkeley: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 15 March (HL14180), what type, or types, of Government support have been considered to support the Southern Rail Link to Heathrow; and whether the criteria for assessing proposals to deliver the project include a requirement to operate trains on the line. [HL15705]

Baroness Vere: Following the publication of the Market Sounding Findings Report, published in December 2018, which showed that none of the schemes put forward were able to advance without Government support, whether that be direct financial support, or by providing indirect support such as guarantees of future usage, my Department has been working to further develop and clarify the outcomes we want to be delivered from this project and is considering appropriate criteria for assessing commercial and procurement models, including minimum requirements required.