Railway Industry Association welcomes new Transport Select Committee Chair
Huw Merriman, Conservative MP for Bexhill and Battle, has been announced as the new Chair of the Transport Select Committee.
Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association, said: "On behalf of the Railway Industry Association and its members, I'd like to welcome Huw Merriman MP as the newly appointed Chair of the Transport Select Committee.
"The new Chair has already shown himself to be interested in railway industry issues during his time previously on the Committee and we look forward to working with him on the range of challenges and opportunities facing the rail sector over the coming years.
“In the last Parliament, the Committee was effective in scrutinising the Government on 'boom and bust' rail funding, electrification policy, and the visibility of enhancement projects - and we'd urge the new Chair and the Committee to continue this work. We'd also urge the Committee to reopen its 'trains fit for the future' enquiry, launched before the General Election, which considered the two important areas of decarbonisation and customer satisfaction of rail services.
"I'd also like to thank outgoing Chair Lilian Greenwood MP, who has been an incredibly supportive and accessible chair in recent years, and has been pivotal in ensuring effective rail policy. We look forward to working with her in her constituency role, as MP for Nottingham South, too in future!"