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Coronavirus: emergency measures for the railways

13 November 2020

During this one-off session the Transport Committee will scrutinise the emergency measures that the Government has introduced to support rail operators through the pandemic (namely the Emergency Measures Agreements and the Emergency Recovery Management Agreements) and the Government’s plans to help the railway recover.

Purpose of the session

The Committee will hear from train operators before taking evidence from Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Minister of State at the Department of Transport and senior officials. Questions are likely to focus on:

  • The costs of these emergency measures, including whether they offer the taxpayer value for money;
  • The risks of contracting Covid-19 while travelling on the train and the public’s perception of these risks; and
  • The reforms the Government is planning to help the railway to recover and deliver a better service for passengers in the future, including flexible fares and ticketing.

While this is a one-off oral evidence session, the topic is linked to the Committee’s inquiry on Reforming public transport after the pandemic.


Wednesday 18 November

At 9.30am

  • Katy Taylor, Chief Strategy and Customer Officer, Go-Ahead Group
  • Steve Montgomery, Managing Director of First Rail, First Group
  • Dominic Booth, Managing Director, Abellio

At 10.30am

  • Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Minister of State, Department for Transport
  • Peter Wilkinson, Managing Director of Passenger Services, Department for Transport
  • Neil Hart, Deputy Director of Passenger Services, Department for Transport

Please note that Parliament has stopped all non-essential visitor access to both Houses due to the circumstances around coronavirus. The session will be available to watch online, and a transcript will be published on the website a few days afterwards.

Further information

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