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31 January 2024 - Strategic transport objectives - Oral evidence

Committee Transport Committee
Inquiry Strategic transport objectives

Wednesday 31 January 2024

Start times: 9:30am (private) 9:30am (public)

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Andy Burnham and regional bodies quizzed on devolution and transport policy

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham questioned by the Transport Committee alongside representatives of regional bodies who help shape transport policy.

The Committee examines the role that local and regional bodies play in decision making, either through consultation or using devolved powers. Announcements and planning around Network North and Northern Powerhouse Rail are likely to be raised as examples. 

Meeting details

At 9:30am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Strategic transport objectives
Director at Urban Transport Group
Leader, Cheshire West and Chester Council at Local Government Association
Head of Policy and Planning at CPRE, the countryside charity
At 10:30am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Strategic transport objectives
Mayor at Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Chief Executive at Transport for the North

Included in the two panels will also be spokespeople for local government, Transport for the North, Urban Transport Group and the countryside charity CPRE.

The session forms part of the cross-party Committee’s inquiry into Strategic Transport Objectives, where MPs are investigating how objectives – such as boosting connectivity, economic growth or reducing emissions – influence the state’s planning and investment in services and infrastructure.

The witnesses will be asked to comment on the Government’s strategic transport objectives, whether they are the correct ones, and how well those objectives are reflected in planning and appraisal processes.

There will be questions about the balance of power held over transport policy between the national, regional and local government, how effectively different layers of government coordinate, and the outcomes this creates.

The two panels will also be asked for their views on the potential for further devolution to regions of the country, including urban and rural areas.

Mr Burnham’s recent bus service franchising in Greater Manchester, and complexities around introducing Clean Air Zones, are also likely to be discussed. 


Room 15, Palace of Westminster

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