First evidence session on Monday 19th March, 2012

APPG inquiry into Britain's rail capacity
First evidence session on Monday 19th March, 2012

In January the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for High-Speed Rail launched an inquiry into Britain's rail capacity. This week (Tuesday 13th March) saw the deadline for the submission of written evidence to the inquriy. Over 60 individuals and groups submitted written evidence, which will be published in full on the APPG website shortly.   

Next week, the first of the inquiry's two oral evidence sessions is due to take place in the House of Commons. Journalists and members of the public are welcome to attend the session. The details are as follows:

Date: Monday, 19th March, 2012
Time: 1730 -- 1900
Venue: Committee Room 19, House of Commons, Westminster (1)
Panel members: Stuart Andrew MP, Graham Stringer MP, Graham Evans MP, Iain Stewart MP
Participants in the first evidence session are as follows (2):
  • Simon Weller, National Organiser, ASLEF
  • Rupert Walker, Head of HSR Development, Network Rail
  • Ralph Smyth, Senior Transport Campaigner, Campaign to Protect Rural England
  • Christian Wolmar, Transport Commentator
  • Alan Stilwell, Director of Integrated Transport, Merseytravel

Participants will be asked questions in relation to Britain's rail capacity, according to their specific lines of expertise. Questions will include, but are not limited to:

  • How do you view the current capacity situation on Britain’s railways?
  • What capacity do you believe Britain’s railways will require in the future?
  • What is the best way of providing capacity and future-proofing Britain’s rail network?
  • What will the effects of providing extra capacity be, beyond addressing journey supply? What would be risked by failing to provide that capacity?
For more information on either the APPG or the inquiry, please visit the APPG’s website on To download the Terms of Reference, which contains more information on the inquiry, click hereTo set up interviews with panel members or participants, please contact the APPG by emailing or calling 020 3397 2416.
  1. Depending on the parliamentary schedule, the room is subject to change. Please RSVP to if you intend to attend the session so that we can inform you of last minute changes.   
  2. Participants are subject to change. 
  3. There will be two oral evidence sessions in the House of Commons. The inquiry dates are 19th March and 18th April, 2012. 
  4. The inquiry panel is as follows: Graham Stringer MP (Blackley & Broughton), Stuart Andrew MP (Pudsey), Iain Stewart MP (Milton Keynes South) and Graham Evans MP (Weaver Vale).
  5. A report of the inquiry’s findings is intended to be published in May 2012.
  6. The APPG is contactable by email at, by telephone on 020 3397 2416 or by post at APPG for High Speed Rail, PO Box 34, 95 Wilton Road, London SW1V 1BZ.
  7. The APPG for High Speed Rail is a cross-party group of parliamentarians who believe that the Britain needs a modern high-speed rail network. The group’s objectives are to raise awareness of the need for high-speed rail among parliamentarians and to provide a forum for discussion and debate on high-speed rail.

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