Second evidence session for the APPG inquiry into Britain's rail capacity

Press Note - 16 April 2012
Second evidence session for the APPG inquiry into Britain's rail capacity

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for High Speed Rail is currently running an inquiry into Britain's rail capacity.

This week, the second and final evidence session is due to take place. The details of the session are as follows:

Date: Wednesday 18th April, 2012
Time: 1430 -- 1600
Venue: Committee Room 17, House of Commons, Westminster (subject to last minute change)
Panel members: Stuart Andrew MP, Graham Stringer MP, Graham Evans MP, Karen Lumley MP, Iain Stewart MP
Participants in the evidence session are as follows (subject to change)



  • Stephen Clark, Rail Programme Director, Transport for Greater Manchester
  • David Hodges, Public Affairs Manager, London Chamber of Commerce
  • David Hoggarth, Director of Development, Metro
  • Geoff Inskip, Chief Executive, Centro
  • Andrew McNaughton, Chief Engineer, HS2 Ltd
  • Jim Steer, Director, Greengauge 21



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 restricted 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?

Journalists are welcome to attend the session. Otherwise, a transcript will be published on the APPG's website early next week.

If you intend on attending the evidence session, please email in order that we can inform you of any last minute room changes.

1. In March, the deadline for the submission of written evidence closed and the first of the inquiry's oral evidence sessions took place. All of the written evidence and the transcript of the evidence session have now been published on the APPG's website 
2. To download the Terms of Reference, which contains more information on the inquiry, 
click here. 
3. The inquiry's report is due to be published early in the summer. 
For more information on either the APPG or the inquiry, please visit the APPG’s website at
5. To contact members of the APPG or to request photos of the inquiry session please call Lucy on 020 3397 2416 or email 



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