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January Update: Transport

3 January 2018

A new year brings politicians back to Westminster to confront an array of perplexing policy challenges.

With almost half the Article 50 trigger period now elapsed, Brexit negotiations are entering the critical second phase, with the Government eager to secure the details of the official transition period and future relationship beyond.

Meanwhile, ministers are due a reshuffle brought about after the forced resignation of Damian Green, and Labour continues to press the Prime Minister on public services and cost of living questions.

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

What's on the agenda this month

by Matthew Bentley, Senior Monitoring Consultant

The New Year began with the biggest increase in rail fares since 2013. The fare rise was strongly criticised by trade unions and the Labour Party, and this criticism is likely to continue for some time.

Meanwhile, the Government’s recent decision to end the East Coast franchise contract early is likely to reignite debate about the future of rail franchising and calls for public ownership of the railways.

Early 2018 will see Parliament’s time dominated by Brexit legislation, such as the Trade Bill and the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill.

Parliament is also expected to consider a number of transport-related pieces of legislation including the Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill and the High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill, which would allow for the construction of the next phase of High Speed Two.

The Transport Committee will continue its inquiry into Heathrow expansion, but MPs are not expected to vote on enlarging the airport until later on in the year.

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Matthew Bentley, Senior Monitoring Consultant
Matthew Bentley
Senior Monitoring Consultant

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.