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Committee explore UK's resilience to heatwaves

23 May 2018

The Environmental Audit Committee continues it inquiry into Heatwaves: Adapting to Climate Change . This session examines the risks heatwaves pose to health and resilience of the UK transport sector.


Wednesday 23 May, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 2.00pm

  • Professor Paul Cosford CB, Director for Health Protection and Medical Director, Public Health England
  • Stephen Groves, National Head of Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR), NHS

At 3.00pm

  • John Edgley, Chief Track & Lineside Engineer, Network Rail
  • Mike Wilson, Chief Engineer, Highways England

First panel

The first panel will explore the risks heatwaves pose to health and whether current policy is sufficient to address these health risks. The Committee will seek to establish the responsibilities of the NHS, Public Health England and local authorities in preparing for heatwaves and protecting public health.

Second panel

The second panel will explore the resilience of the UK transport sector to high temperatures. Questions will address the risk posed to infrastructure and public health during heatwaves, and how to overcome barriers preventing further adaptation to prepare UK transport for future climates.

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