Update on our local rail service

Since my debate on Southeastern rail in January, I have attended a series of meetings with the senior management of Southeastern, officials at Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport (DfT), and Claire Perry, the Rail Minister.

Bob holds debate on Southeastern rail

I regularly post updates on my website setting out the work I am undertaking with the Department for Transport (DfT), Southeastern and Network Rail to improve rail services in our area.

Conservative MPs push for changes to PHV regulations

Over the past twelve months attention has been growing to the ongoing dispute between the black cab trade and the emergence of app-based companies such as Uber. During this time Transport for London (TfL) and the High Court have been seeking clarification on the legal position of these companies, and regardless of your respective view on Uber, the arguments put forward on both sides of the debate highlight that taxi and ‘private hire vehicle’ (PHV) legislation is, on the whole, out of date and overly complex.

Christmas visit to Bromley Delivery Office

Every year in the weeks leading up to Christmas, I try to drop by Bromley Delivery Office to thank its staff for all their hard work throughout the year, but particularly during these incredibly busy few weeks.

The Prime Minister’s statement on Syria

Yesterday, in response to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee’s report on British military operations in Syria, the Prime Minister put forward to Parliament a seven point strategy for tackling ISIL, recommending that we extend to Syria the targeted airstrikes we are currently carrying out in Iraq.

Bob calls for greater capacity on Southeastern lines

The facts are very clear: passenger numbers travelling on the Southeastern London corridor have increased by over 30% since 2006, yet there has been no additional rolling stock on their lines since 2009, which comprised of the high speed trains that serve London St Pancras.

Why I support an expansion to Gatwick, not Heathrow

I am very mindful of the fact that many local residents feel an expansion at Gatwick rather than Heathrow would be preferable, and having considered the Airport Commission’s (AC) report, in which they recommend a third runway at Heathrow, I do not believe an expansion to Heathrow provides the UK with the viable long-term solution it needs.

Justice Committee publishes report on Criminal Court Charge

This morning the Justice Select Committee, of which I am the Chairman, published a report calling on the Government to scrap the criminal courts charge. By way of background, the charge was introduced earlier this year through the Criminal Justice and Courts Act, imposing a mandatory charge on offenders convicted of a criminal offence to help cover the ‘relevant court costs’ of proceedings.