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Transport Committee reviews impact of coronavirus

Coronavirus: MPs will start sector-by-sector hearings with look at aviation

Mark Moran
28 April 2020
Huw Merriman MP
Huw Merriman MP


The House of Commons Transport Committee is asking transport workers, stakeholders and members of the public to write to them about the transport issues they face during the coronavirus outbreak.

The committee is seeking a range of views to suggest areas where more support is needed. A series of sector-by-sector hearings will enable MPs to maintain scrutiny of the Department for Transport and key bodies as the crisis continues.

At an oral evidence session, to be held on 6 May, the MPs will take a detailed look at aviation that will examine the financial position of airlines and airports, address passenger and consumer issues such as refunds, and assess how air travel will work as the restrictions are eased.

Witnesses will be confirmed closer to the date.

Subsequent sessions will look at rail, local transport and national infrastructure projects.

Huw Merriman MP, Chair of the Transport Committee, said: “Coronavirus has changed our lives and will continue to make itself felt for some time. Aviation, rail, local transport, national infrastructure projects, the travel industry – those who work in transport and those who use it – have all felt the impact of COVID-19.

“As the situation continues to develop, we’re keen to hear of developments and issues across the different transport sectors.  You might work in transport, use local services or fear for services. Perhaps you’ve been forced to change travel plans or are concerned about regular journeys you make. We’re asking you to tell us what the issues are.

“We will begin with aviation and will move on to other sectors such as rail and local transport. Thank you in advance for your help. We will be using the insight from your submissions to help us frame our work in this area.”

The Committee has already questioned the Secretary of State, Grant Shapps MP (25 March) and ministers Chris Heaton-Harris MP and Baroness Vere (7 April).

The Committee can be written to online here

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