Blackpool Gazette – Politically Correct – Quizzing transport chiefs

Since my last Politically Correct column, I have been installed as a member of the Transport Select Committee in Parliament.

Select committees are established by the House to conduct inquiries into matters of interest and to scrutinise the Government and this important role has already seen us investigating some of the most pressing transport matters currently facing Britain.

We have twice questioned the managing director of Volkswagen UK over the emissions scandal currently affecting the company, as well as looking into the skills required of those in the road haulage sector.

We have also looked into the appropriateness of road traffic law enforcement and commented on Government delays in announcing a decision over airport expansion in the capital.

As part of that inquiry, I recently visited Heathrow Airport where plans for a third runway were last year recommended as the preferred option following a comprehensive consultation into the issue.

During that visit, I was further convinced that expanding Heathrow is the only option if we are to keep up with foreign competition and ensure British products are able to be easily transported to export markets.

Last week, I met with the Chairman of Crossrail to discuss progress on the construction of the new rail line currently being built across London.

As Europe’s largest infrastructure project, Crossrail is vital to the continuing growth of the UK economy and I wanted to learn more about the benefits this multi-billion pound project will deliver upon opening in December 2018.

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