The 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.
MPs will explore the impact felt by the industry, its workers and passengers in a rolling programme of work to monitor the impact of coronavirus on UK transport, sector by sector.
The committee is seeking a range of views to suggest areas where more support is needed. This will enable MPs to maintain scrutiny of the Department for Transport and key bodies as the crisis continues.
On May 6, MPs will consider the issues affecting consumers and industry in a detailed look at aviation which 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. Among subsequent sessions, MPs will look at rail, local transport and national infrastructure projects.
Chair of the Transport Committee, Huw Merriman MP, 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 Covid19.
“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 (March 25) and ministers Chris Heaton-Harris MP and Baroness Vere (April 7).
Please write to the Committee via the website inquiry page. Submissions should be no more than two pages. Your submission may be published but please make clear if you would prefer it remains confidential. The committee regrets it cannot deal with individual cases.
Media enquiries to Estelle Currie on firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7219 8211
Committee membership: Huw Merriman MP, Chair (Con, Bexhill and Battle); Ruth Cadbury MP (Lab, Brentford and Isleworth); Lilian Greenwood MP (Lab, Nottingham South); Simon Jupp MP (Con, East Devon); Robert Largan MP (Con, High Peak); Chris Loder MP (Con, West Dorset); Karl McCartney MP (Con, Lincoln); Grahame Morris MP (Lab, Easington); Gavin Newlands MP (SNP, Paisley and Renfrewshire North); Greg Smith MP (Con, Buckingham); Sam Tarry MP (Lab, Ilford South).