On the right track? The Assembly debates Committee rail franchise and Metro report

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On the right track?

The Assembly will debate the Economy Infrastructure and Skills Committee report, On the right track? The Rail Franchise and South Wales Metro on 27 September. The report sets out the Committee’s views on the Welsh Government’s procurement of the next Wales and Borders rail franchise and Metro phase 2, and sets out its key priorities for the new contract.  The new franchise is due to start in October 2018.

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Rail electrification to Swansea dropped by the UK Government

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On 20 July the UK Government published its High Level Output Specification and Statement of Funds Available. These statutory statements set out what the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, wants the railway in England and Wales to achieve between 2019 and 2024 during rail planning Control Period 6 (CP6).

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Could Free Zones give Welsh ports a boost?

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Free Zones are areas which are geographically inside a country’s land border, but considered to be outside customs controls. In these areas, import duty and VAT are not applied until goods leave the zone and enter the host country. When located in sea ports they are often referred to as Free Ports.

Free Zones appear all over the world, from Brazil to Bulgaria, and act as catalysts for international trade by allowing traders and shipping companies to store goods with minimal expense and bureaucracy.

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What does the Welsh Government have in store for Welsh rail services?

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On Tuesday 18 July the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates, will make a statement on Rail Services and Metro. Although the detail of the statement is unknown, the Welsh Government has indicated that the final tender process for procurement of the next rail franchise and Metro operator will begin in July 2017, with the contract expected to be awarded in January 2018.  The successful bidder would then begin to operate services in October 2018.

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In Dublin’s Fair City – External Affairs Committee visits Ireland to ask what Brexit means for Welsh ports.

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Three Members of the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee, Mark Isherwood, Eluned Morgan and Committee Chair David Rees, visited Dublin on Monday 19 June. The reason? To get some Irish perspectives to feed into the Committee’s inquiry into the implications of Brexit for Welsh ports.

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The ‘vicious circle of decline’: How is congestion affecting the Welsh bus sector?

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Bus companies in Welsh cities are struggling with congestion chaos that lengthens journey times and pinches passenger numbers, according to evidence submitted to an Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee’s inquiry into the impacts of congestion on the bus industry.

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Blue Badges: How and why has the Welsh Government extended the scheme?

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This is the third in a series of blog articles discussing the Blue Badge scheme. Tuesday’s blog explained the assessment and eligibility criteria, and yesterday’s blog described the application and appeals process.

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Blue Badges: How to apply and how to appeal?

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This is the second in a series of blog articles discussing the Blue Badge scheme. Yesterday’s blog explained the assessment and eligibility criteria for applicants.

The Blue Badge scheme provides a national arrangement of parking concessions for disabled people, and operates throughout the UK.

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Blue Badges: What are the eligibility and assessment criteria?

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This is the first in a series of blog articles discussing the Blue Badge scheme, which will look in turn at its eligibility and assessment criteria, the application and appeal process, and the Welsh Government’s expansion of the scheme.

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