Heathrow Rail Links Mentioned in Parliamentary Questions and Debates

Simon Hart MP/Andrew Jones MP – 6th March 2019

Simon Hart MP: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the new Old Oak Common station will provide an efficient interchange for passengers travelling between Wales and the north of the UK; what organisations will operate those connections; and what the frequency of those connections will be. (226085)

Andrew Jones MP: The HS2 Development Agreement sets out the Sponsor’s Requirements for the HS2 scheme. At Old Oak Common, this includes interchange facilities with the Great Western Main Line and Crossrail services. Our current indicative train service specification that has informed the design of Old Oak Common station assumes that all Great Western franchise and Heathrow Express services will stop at Old Oak Common. This will enable passengers from Wales and other destinations currently served by Paddington bound trains to interchange with HS2 services to the midlands and north of the UK. The frequency of connections is an operational matter that will be determined nearer the time, but we would expect passengers and other stakeholders to be consulted on material changes to future franchise service patterns.

Mr Jim Cunningham MP/Jesse Norman MP – 5th March 2019

Mr Jim Cunningham MP: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made in implementing the recommendations made by the joint inquiry into improving air quality that government aligns (a) climate change schemes, (b) urban planning, (c) public transport and (d) fiscal incentives with air quality goals to prevent its policy from working at cross-purposes. (226029)

Jesse Norman MP: The Government responded in full to the recommendations on 22 May 2018. The Government’s focus in the immediate term is on bringing forward compliance with legal limits for NO2 concentrations, and stakeholders from seven departments take part in the governance of the NO2 Plan in order to ensure that policies are closely aligned. The Government published its new Clean Air Strategy on 14 January 2019, setting out a comprehensive plan to tackle air pollution, aimed at all sectors of industry and society.

Andy McDonald MP/Andrew Jones MP – 28th February 2019

Andy McDonald MP: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the market-led proposals on rail received by his Department since the July 2018 deadline and state which of these were (a) accepted and (b) rejected. [224349]

Andrew Jones MP: In December the department responded to all promoters of market-led proposals received through its call for ideas. The department cannot make an announcement about individual schemes at this time as these proposals were submitted in confidence and such disclosure may prejudice the commercial interests of the proposers.

Andy McDonald MP/Jesse Norman MP – 22nd February 2019

Andy McDonald MP: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with (a) Heathrow Airport, (b) the Civil Aviation Authority and (c) the Planning Inspectorate on the proposal to increase the Air Traffic Movement cap at Heathrow Airport. [220916] To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the safety implications of the introduction of an additional 25,000 flights per year at Heathrow.[220917]

Jesse Norman MP: Heathrow Airport Limited has informed the Department of its proposals for an additional 25,000 aircraft traffic movements a year, and the Department’s understanding is that this will form part of a phased introduction of new capacity while the third runway is being built. Any request to increase its current planning cap would be subject to public consultation and the planning process and, as set out in the Airports National Policy Statement, it would need to include a suitable package of mitigations. The Secretary of State has had no conversations with the Civil Aviation Authority or the Planning Inspectorate on these proposals, but the Civil Aviation Authority will need to consider any such proposals from Heathrow Airport Limited, including with regard to safety, as a statutory consultee in the planning process. This would build on the Civil Aviation Authority’s initial safety review of Heathrow Airport Limited’s proposals before the publication of the Airports Commission’s Final Report, which found no material grounds for concern

Andy McDonald MP/Jesse Norman MP – 22nd February 2019

Andy McDonald MP: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) noise (b) air pollution and (c) local road congestion of the proposed 25,000 additional flights at Heathrow from 2022. [220915]

Jesse Norman MP: Heathrow’s proposed ‘early lifting of the air traffic movement (ATM) cap’ is not Government policy. Any such proposal would require planning permission and would need to form part of an applicant’s development consent application. As part of that process, the Examining Authority would need to be satisfied that all impacts were assessed fully, including a comprehensive environmental assessment, and that any required mitigations were sufficient; and it would be required to determine the appropriate enforcement regime to enact the mitigations.

Ruth Cadbury MP/Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP – 14th February 2019

Ruth Cadbury MP: I thank the Secretary of State for that answer, but during the airports national policy statement, the Government said that the aviation Green Paper would address the level of public subsidy required to support certain regional connections into Heathrow, but the Green Paper, now published, says that when there is such a requirement for a public services obligation route, “funding contributions should increasingly be provided locally.” Will he therefore confirm that many local councils that were hoping to reap economic benefits from additional regional routes may in fact end up having to subsidise loss-making routes?

Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP: As the House will know, it is often custom and practice to share the cost of a public service obligation with a local authority. It is right and prudent for the Government to seek to share the load when we can

Ruth Cadbury MP/Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP – 14th February 2019

Ruth Cadbury MP: What level of (a) direct and (b) indirect public funding will be required to support new regional connections with Heathrow Airport. (909226)

Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP: The airports national policy statement expects post-expansion Heathrow to deliver 14 domestic routes and to work with airlines to protect existing and develop new domestic connections. We expect these routes to be commercially viable with support from Heathrow.

Seema Malhotra MP/Andrew Jones MP – 13th February 2019

Seema Malhotra MP: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2019 to Written Question 207579 on Heathrow Airport: Railways, what plans the Government has for undertaking a Grip 1-2 study of a Southern Rail Access to Heathrow. (218814)

Andrew Jones MP: The Government remains committed to significant involvement by the market in designing and constructing a Southern Rail link to Heathrow. The Market Sounding Findings Report published in December 2018 recommended that Government now needs to further clarify the outcomes we want to be delivered from this project and consider appropriate commercial models for the market to take forward the development of potential solutions. This work is being done as quickly as possible following which we intend to set out further engagement opportunities to all interested parties.

Seema Malhotra MP/Andrew Jones MP – 13th February 2019

Seema Malhotra MP: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2019 to Written Question 207580 on Heathrow Airport: Railways, how much funding has been allocated for the next stage of development for a Southern Rail Access to Heathrow. (218813)

Andrew Jones MP: In line with the recommendations of the recently published Market Sounding Report on Southern Rail Link to Heathrow, Government is now working to further develop and clarify the outcomes we want to be delivered from this project and consider appropriate commercial models. This work is being done as quickly as possible, following which we intend to set out further engagement opportunities to all interested parties. This work is being funded from within current Departmental resource budgets.

Andy McDonald MP/Baroness Sugg – 7th February 2019

Andy McDonald MP: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the report entitled, Way to go: improving public transport access to London’s airports, published by London Travel Watch on 18 January 2019, what estimate he has made of the number of people using public transport to reach London airports. 
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Baroness Sugg: "Department for Transport published statistics show that the number of passengers using public transport is fairly stable at Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton over the last ten years. Government policy is that the provision and funding of surface access infrastructure and services to airports is primarily the responsibility of the airport operator unless there are significant non-airport user benefits, in which case the Government would consider making a funding contribution. As part of their Surface Access Strategies we expect airports to set targets for increasing the proportion of journeys made to the airport by public transport for both airport workers and passengers, and put in place a strategy to achieve those targets. In our Aviation Strategy consultation, we are proposing a number of measures that aim to better support airports in achieving their mode share ambitions, including uprating Airport Transport Forums so that local and central Government, airports, and transport providers have the opportunity to contribute appropriately to the delivery and monitoring of airports environmental targets."