Assembly to debate congestion report by the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee: Taming the Traffic

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Congestion concerns

The Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee launched its inquiry into the impacts of congestion on the bus industry in Wales in April 2017. The Committee heard how congestion effects bus service reliability, increases operational costs and reduces journey speeds which have a detrimental impact on passenger experiences. The Assembly will debate the inquiry report in Plenary on 11 October.

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Are there stormy waters ahead? The Assembly debates Committee report on ports and Brexit.

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The Assembly will debate the External Affairs and Additional Legislation (EAAL) Committee report on its inquiry into the implications of Brexit for Welsh ports on 11 October.  The Committee considered the risks and opportunities which Brexit presents for Welsh ports, and the steps needed to mitigate risks and secure benefits.

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On the right track? The Assembly debates Committee rail franchise and Metro report

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On the right track?

The Assembly will debate the Economy Infrastructure and Skills Committee report, On the right track? The Rail Franchise and South Wales Metro on 27 September. The report sets out the Committee’s views on the Welsh Government’s procurement of the next Wales and Borders rail franchise and Metro phase 2, and sets out its key priorities for the new contract.  The new franchise is due to start in October 2018.

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Rail electrification to Swansea dropped by the UK Government

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On 20 July the UK Government published its High Level Output Specification and Statement of Funds Available. These statutory statements set out what the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, wants the railway in England and Wales to achieve between 2019 and 2024 during rail planning Control Period 6 (CP6).

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Could Free Zones give Welsh ports a boost?

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Free Zones are areas which are geographically inside a country’s land border, but considered to be outside customs controls. In these areas, import duty and VAT are not applied until goods leave the zone and enter the host country. When located in sea ports they are often referred to as Free Ports.

Free Zones appear all over the world, from Brazil to Bulgaria, and act as catalysts for international trade by allowing traders and shipping companies to store goods with minimal expense and bureaucracy.

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What does the Welsh Government have in store for Welsh rail services?

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On Tuesday 18 July the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates, will make a statement on Rail Services and Metro. Although the detail of the statement is unknown, the Welsh Government has indicated that the final tender process for procurement of the next rail franchise and Metro operator will begin in July 2017, with the contract expected to be awarded in January 2018.  The successful bidder would then begin to operate services in October 2018.

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In Dublin’s Fair City – External Affairs Committee visits Ireland to ask what Brexit means for Welsh ports.

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Three Members of the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee, Mark Isherwood, Eluned Morgan and Committee Chair David Rees, visited Dublin on Monday 19 June. The reason? To get some Irish perspectives to feed into the Committee’s inquiry into the implications of Brexit for Welsh ports.

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