Latest Rail News

13.07.17

Lilian Greenwood named new Transport Select Committee chair

Lilian Greenwood has been narrowly elected as the new chair of the Transport Select Committee in the House of Commons.

The MP for Nottingham South fought off competition from four Labour party colleagues – Geraint Davies, Clive Efford, Bridget Phillipson and Gavin Shuker to be given the title.

She will take over the position from Louise Ellman, who served as chair in the previous Parliament.

The vote, which is conducted using the alternative vote system, saw Greenwood win the final voting round against Phillipson by 233 to 225.

lillian greenwood voting results

“The Department for Transport needs effective and fairhanded scrutiny,” Greenwood stated. “In the months and years ahead, I hope the committee will take a closer look at the transport issues that impact all areas of the UK, rural and urban.

“Decisions on Heathrow, HS3 and Crossrail 2 are now seriously overdue. Cross-border issues in the devolved nations remain unresolved.

“There are serious doubts over the ability of Highways England and Network Rail to deliver road and rail investment schemes, and there is already pressure from the Treasury to rein back on existing commitments.”

The new chair added that the committee would have an important role in challenging the government to keep pace with new technology.

“I have considerable experience of working with MPs from all parties on transport issues,” she continued. “I am delighted to have been elected to this important post and look forward to meeting colleagues and creating a collegiate but challenging committee."

The results for contested elections for the other committee chair positions were as follows:

And for committees where no election was necessary the results were:

And other specified committee results were:

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become an RTM columnist? If so, click here.

Comments

Steveb   14/07/2017 at 08:10

Interesting to see that the Alternative Vote system was used to good effect in selecting Lilian Greenwood. There's no reason why it couldn't be used in a General Election. With AV, no vote is wasted and no-one needs to use tactical voting.

Add your comment

 

related

Rail industry Focus

  • 11/09/2019The next generation of rail infrastructure

    How the rail industry delivers the next generation of complex infrastructure will rely heavily on the people tasked with leading the projects, and the technology they use to do it. Faithful+Gould...
  • 11/09/2019Putting passengers first

    How does the rail industry design the railways for the next 40 years, and when it does, how do we make sure it’s all done with the passenger in mind? Jane Fisher joined three members of the Arup team...
View all News

Comment

The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >

'the sleepers' blog

Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

17/09/2019Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

Continuing our mission to connect buyers with suppliers, This year TransCityRail North is adding a new element to the event. We are introducing an incomparable opportunity for you to meet with over 11 procurement directors from Network Rail... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

Interviews

Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he would not rule out his organisation issuing future r... more >
Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive, announced as TCR Midlands speaker in Birmingham

24/06/2019Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive, announced as TCR Midlands speaker in Birmingham

Ahead of his appearance, Malcolm Holmes spoke with Rail Technology Magazine about what key leaders in the industry were doing to improve rail in the Midlands. He said: “It’s very... more >