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March Update: Transport

5 March 2018

March brings a number of key political moments, as the UK marks a year since triggering Article 50 and a year to go until the formal Brexit date.

Crunch time has arrived over the nation's future trading relationship with the bloc, while internal tensions within the Conservative Party and repositioning on the part of its opponents threaten the Prime Minister's hold on power.

Meanwhile, Chancellor Philip Hammond is due to deliver his very first Spring Statement, a new-format financial update that will set the agenda for tax and spending reforms to come.

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

What's on the agenda this month

by Matthew Bentley, Senior Monitoring Consultant

March will see Chancellor Philip Hammond deliver the Spring Statement. As with the Budget, the Chancellor is expected to announce funding for a number of transport projects across the country.

The Government appears likely to provide more details about the funding arrangements for Crossrail 2, but there is also growing pressure for ministers to commit to the Northern Powerhouse Rail project.

The fallout from the Government’s decision to end the East Coast rail franchise early is expected to continue, with MPs almost certain to raise the issue during Transport Questions.

The Transport Committee has finished hearing evidence as part of its inquiry into Heathrow expansion. In March, the Committee is expected to hear evidence on rail infrastructure and mobility as a service.

March will also see a number of transport Bills continue to make progress through Parliament including the Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill and the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill, while the High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill Committee will began the lengthy process of hearing evidence on the latest HS2 related legislation.

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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.