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The Bus Services Bill and Talking Buses

Thank you for contacting me about the audio-visual announcements on buses. I fully agree that all disabled people should have the same access to transport services and opportunities to travel as other members of society. Audio-visual systems on buses are not currently mandatory and, for this reason, levels of provision may vary. The Public Service…

Pavement Parking

Thank you for contacting me about pavement parking. I appreciate that vehicles parked on pavements can cause particular problems for people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments, as well as those with pushchairs. Improving access for disabled people is a key priority for the Government. During 2016, the Department for Transport (DfT) worked with a…

East Coast Mainline

Thank you for contacting me about the East Coast franchise. As you may be aware, VTEC is a joint venture, 90 per cent owned by Stagecoach. Recent challenges to the franchise have arisen because Stagecoach overbid for the franchise. This means the franchise can only continue in its current form for a very limited period…

Pavement Parking & Street Clutter

Thank you for contacting me about pavement parking. I appreciate that vehicles parked on pavements can cause particular problems for people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments, as well as those with pushchairs. While there is an historic ban on pavement parking throughout London, elsewhere any local authority that has taken up civil enforcement powers…

Bus Pass

Thank you for contacting me about the free bus travel scheme. I believe ensuring disabled and elderly people can continue to benefit from free off-peak bus travel should be a key priority for the Government. It is therefore extremely welcome that Ministers have amended legislation in order to protect the free bus travel scheme for…

Road and Cycle Safety

Thank you for contacting me about road and cycle safety. I welcome the news that vital action is being taken to stop the anguish and misery caused by the actions of dangerous drivers. Life sentences are being introduced for those who cause death by dangerous driving, and for careless drivers who kill while under the…

Heathrow Expansion

Thank you for contacting me about Heathrow expansion. The Government’s decision to support a new runway at Heathrow in the Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) is a momentous step for our country. Heathrow expansion will deliver a boost of up to £74 billion to the economy and ensure the UK maintains its position as a…

Roads Safer for Everyone

Thank you for contacting me about road safety. Every road user has a responsibility to behave safely and with consideration for others as set out in the Highway Code. A cycle safety review is examining ways in which responsible cycling can be better encouraged, alongside other measures to ensure motorists are reliable road users. The…