UK Transport Committee calls for opinions on impact of COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the UK, the UK government’s Transport Committee has asked for public input on the impact of the virus on the transportation sector.
The UK government’s Transport Committee has announced that it is inviting contributions from transport workers, stakeholders and members of the public to write to them about the transport issues they have faced during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Members of Parliament (MPs) will explore the impact felt by the industry, its workers and passengers in a rolling programme of work to monitor the impact of the pandemic on UK transport, sector by sector. MPs will begin with aviation and, among subsequent sessions, will look at rail, local transport and national infrastructure projects.
The committee is seeking a range of views to suggest areas where more support is needed. This will enable MPs to maintain scrutiny of the Department for Transport (DfT) and key bodies as the COVID-19 crisis continues.
Beginning with the aviation sector, on 6 May 2020, MPs will consider the issues affecting consumers and industry in a detailed look at aviation, which will: Examine the financial position of airlines and airports; address passenger and consumer issues, such as refunds; and assess how air travel will work as the restrictions are eased.
Chair of the Transport Committee, Huw Merriman, said: “Coronavirus has changed our lives and will continue to make itself felt for some time. Aviation, rail, local transport, national infrastructure projects, the travel industry – those who work in transport and those who use it – have all felt the impact of COVID-19.”
Merriman continued: “As the situation continues to develop, we’re keen to hear of developments and issues across the different transport sectors. You might work in transport, use local services or fear for services. Perhaps you’ve been forced to change travel plans or are concerned about regular journeys you make. We’re asking you to tell us what the issues are. We will begin with aviation and will move on to other sectors, such as rail and local transport. Thank you in advance for your help. We will be using the insight from your submissions to help us frame our work in this area.”