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Impact of coronavirus on the UK’s freight and maritime sectors examined

7 September 2020

The Transport Committee explores how the pandemic has affected freight transported by road, rail, air and sea and how the Government can support the logistic sector’s recovery. 


Wednesday 9 September 2020, virtual session

At 9.30am

  • Mark Dickinson, General Secretary, Nautilus International
  • Darren Procter, National Secretary, National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT)

At 10.20am

  • Robert Courts MP, Parliament Under Secretary of State for Transport
  • Rachel Maclean MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport
  • Roger Hargreaves, Director of Maritime, Department for Transport
  • David Buttery, Director for Road Safety, Standards and Services, Department for Transport

Purpose of the session

The session will also examine how the consequences of the virus have affected the industry’s preparations for UK-EU trade once the transition period ends and its ability to help achieve the Government’s net-zero target.

MPs will also question ministers, officials and unions about the impact of Covid-19 on the maritime sector, especially the proposed redundancies announced by ferry and cruise operators, including P&O, and the repatriation of stranded seafarers.

Further information

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