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December Update: Transport

4 December 2017

Brexit tensions reach new heights this December as the Government presses ahead in its bid to provide industry with some certainty about future business conditions.

Reactions to Chancellor Philip Hammond's Autumn Budget will continue, as the multitude of announcements is scrutinised.

Meanwhile, responses of a different kind will inevitably be brewing within a fractious Conservative Party. While the Budget appeared successful enough to ward off plotting opponents in the immediate sense, the Chancellor's Cabinet foes will be busy cooking up new ways to challenge him.

Here, Matthew Bentley, DeHavilland's Senior Monitoring Consultant for Transport policy, gives you the lowdown on what to watch out for this December.

What's on the agenda this month

by Matthew Bentley, Senior Monitoring Consultant

November’s Budget saw a number of Transport funding announcements, including the launch of the Transforming Cities Fund. However, without any additional spending commitments for major infrastructure projects, there may well be calls for the Government to commit funding to projects such as Crossrail 2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail.

This month, the relatively uncontroversial Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill may complete its passage through the House of Commons. This will be overshadowed, however, by the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which will be debated by MPs at Committee Stage.

December will also see the Transport, Health, Environmental Audit and EFRA Committees question minsters as part of their joint inquiry into air quality.

This month, the Transport Committee is also expected to hear evidence as part of its inquiries into the Airports National Policy Statement, Rail Infrastructure and Mobility as a Service.

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Matthew Bentley, Transport Policy Specialist
Matthew Bentley
Transport Policy Specialist

Reflecting the significance of infrastructure across DeHavilland's client portfolio, Matthew Bentley provides monitoring and research for the transport, construction and housing sectors. Matthew graduated from the University of Leicester with a BA in History and Politics.