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February Update: Transport

30 January 2018

From negotiations to legislation, Brexit continues to hang heavy over the political scene this February as Prime Minister Theresa May struggles for her political survival amid mutinous mutterings over the next phase of talks.

The House of Lords will take centre stage in the battle over future regulation as it considers the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill at the Committee Stage. 

Meanwhile, speculation will soon commence about the contents of the Chancellor's upcoming Spring Statement.

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

What's on the agenda this month

by Matthew Bentley, Senior Monitoring Consultant

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has been facing increasing criticism lately over the Government’s decisions to end the East Coast franchise contract early and to award contracts for High Speed Two to Carillion. With news that the National Audit Office will be investigating the East Coast decision, this criticism is expected to continue in February.

February will also see the Transport Committee hear the final evidence as part of its inquiry into Heathrow expansion. The Committee is due to hear evidence from Heathrow Airport and the Transport Secretary in the first two weeks of the month.

While the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill is the dominant piece of legislation in February, two relatively uncontroversial transport bills will continue to make progress through Parliament: the Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill and the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill. MPs have also begun the lengthy procedure to pass the High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill, which would allow for the construction of the next phase of High Speed Two.

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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.