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Claire in full gush

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guardian-iep-ripoff-warningClaire Perry, head of marketing for Hitachi Rail, rail minister, made the following speech to mark the arrival, at Southampton docks, of the first IEP train in the UK.

[Claire Perry]

Good morning everyone.

And thank you Peter Lavelle (Depot Manager Southampton Dock) for your kind introduction.

It is an absolute pleasure to be here today (12 March 2015).

Before we head over to the quayside to see the train unloading from the ship, I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the government, to thank Hitachi Rail and Agility for all the work they have done.

And for getting the first train to the UK on time and on schedule.

Given Hitachi’s reputation for reliability, we expected nothing less!

Let me tell you why I’m so excited today.

First, because these superb new trains will be transformational for passengers on two of our busiest and most important rail routes to the north and the south west.

More seats.

Greater comfort.

Faster journeys.

More luggage space.

A smart and business-friendly environment in which people can work.

The trains have been designed to offer flexible and fantastic new catering facilities.

Every single pound of investment is going into improvements that passengers will be able to see and feel.

But these new trains are not just good news for passengers.

They are also fantastic news for Britain.

For British jobs.

For Britain’s supply chain.

For Britain’s economy.

And that’s my second reason for celebrating today.

The benefits will be felt all over the country.

But particularly in the north east.

Where 730 new jobs are being created at the Newton Aycliffe factory over the next 5 years.

This region – of course – played a pioneering role in the development of the early rail network.

190 years ago, the Stockton to Darlington line was the world’s first public railway to use steam locomotives.

So the railway is coming home to Newton Aycliffe bringing back rail jobs to the north east.

Continuing a proud tradition.

And also building a new centre of rail excellence in the area.

Among the suppliers to IEP are Durham-based window company Romag.

And Newcastle-based Nomad Digital, which will provide on-board servers.

And many more jobs will be created across the country.

72% of the parts, systems and services that could have been sourced from the UK actually have been.

To give some examples.

Luccini, based in Manchester, is providing the wheel-sets.

And Knorr Bremse, a company based not far from my constituency in the south west, is supplying the braking systems for the IEP trains.

In fact I visited them recently.

All in all, this is worth billions to British businesses.

I know that many more IEP suppliers are here today – too many to mention – but I’d like to thank you for being part of the project.

Hitachi Rail has also moved its global HQ to London, which is yet another sign of confidence in our flourishing rail industry.

Which leads me to my third point.

The train arriving today is tangible evidence of our rail renaissance.

Of unprecedented investment in our railway.

After decades of neglect and underinvestment, we have got a huge programme of modernisation underway, the biggest for over a century.

That’s because rail is a vital part of the government’s long-term economic plan.

Growth cannot happen without investment in our infrastructure.

It’s why we’re spending £38 billion maintaining and improving the network between 2014 and 2019.

It’s why we’re investing in Crossrail, HS2, the Northern Hub, and electrification.

And it’s why we are fully behind Hitachi as it embarks on this massive programme.

British jobs.

British investment.

And British economic growth.

There are a few more essential thank yous.

Of course, thank you to Hitachi and Agility.

Thanks also to Wallenius Wilhelmsen for safely transporting the first train here.

Thanks to the Train Operating Companies for their support and input to the design.

And I would like to acknowledge the very many passenger groups and industry representatives here today who have also contributed to the IEP project.

I would also like to thank the Department for Transport and all the policy officials, some of whom are here today, for the tireless work they have done (and continue to do) in partnership with you all ensuring these exciting InterCity Express trains go into passenger service as planned on the Great Western and the East Coast main lines.

The only thing I find uninspiring about the train is that name – IEP.

I don’t know how you feel, but it doesn’t really capture the excitement or romance.

So can I challenge you to come up with a new name.

Something that reflects their sleek design.

What they’ll be like to travel on.

How they’ll look speeding passengers across the country.

What they’ll do for the UK.

I may not be Rail Minister to decide on the best name…..

But I will always remember today.

The start of a new era for rail travel in the UK.

Thank you.

“72% of the parts, systems and services that could have been sourced from the UK actually have been.” So what does that mean? The UK can’t produce aluminium extrusions, bogies, traction motors, gangways, doors (…etc)?

What a cringeworthy speech.

Written by beleben

March 12, 2015 at 3:23 pm

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Misspoke when discussing punctuality

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Claire Perry MP on Twitter: 'Britain has busiest+most punctual railway in Europe'

Transport minister Claire Perry misspoke when she said that Britain had ‘the most punctual railway in Europe’, the Department for Transport has admitted.

Extract from DfT statement on Claire Perry's claim about GB rail punctuality and 'busyness'

Extract from DfT statement on Claire Perry’s claim about GB rail punctuality and ‘busyness’

Although they did not mention the fact, the report linked to by the Department also shows that GB rail is not the “busiest” either. One would expect the busiest European railway to be RZD, but no figures appear to be available for RZD as a whole, or RZD in European Russia.

Written by beleben

November 23, 2014 at 9:16 pm

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Ms Perry in a muddle

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claire-perry-car-journeys-to-parliament-story-21-aug-2014Yesterday, transport minster Claire Perry gave a speech at Bauer Media’s Birmingham “National Rail Conference” in place of the secretary of state Patrick McLoughlin.

Like the conference itself, her speech was mainly focused on big-ticket high speed rail, rather than the railway that people need today. But judging by the Daily Mail’s story of 21 August 2014, before becoming a transport minister in July, Ms Perry seemed to have had less enthusiasm for travelling by train. It’s worth comparing her quotes from the Daily Mail article, with her speech delivered at yesterday’s Bauer conference.

[“Rail minister who said passengers pay ‘fair fares for a comfortable commute’ took the train to work just twice last year… while clocking up 6,000 miles in the car”, Tom Mctague, Mail Online, 21 August 2014]

Rail minister Claire Perry has been accused of being a ‘hypocrite’ after it emerged she travels to Parliament by car – despite praising Britain’s ‘comfortable’ rail services and ‘fair’ prices.

Miss Perry travelled from her Wiltshire constituency to London 68 times last year – driving on all but two occasions. In total, the Tory rising star claimed back £2,689 in expenses for almost 6,000 miles in the car.

Even if Miss Perry takes the train from her constituency of Devizes, Wiltshire, she is able to claim back the cost of a standard class ticket from her nearest station of Pewsey into London.

National Rail Conference 2014 booking

Written by beleben

November 6, 2014 at 11:07 am

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Devized to be Londoncentric

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Devizes MP and recently appointed rail minister Claire Perry has ‘never understood the argument that all the HS2 railway would do is make the country more London-centric’.

[‘HS2 is one of many vital investments UK needs’, Claire Perry, This is Wiltshire, 31st October 2013]

[…] given the house price differences across regions – if you could live in the Midlands or the North and commute rapidly and smoothly to a job in London, would you not be tempted?

So, in the view of the minister, a policy of building a high speed railway from 3 provincial cities to the capital, and ‘encouraging’ people to commute long-distance, is not London-centric.

Kent commuters using HS1 pay steep fares, yet still receive high public subsidies (~£70 per week from Ashford). If the passenger-kilometre subvention for HS2 was at the same level as for HS1, each person commuting from Leeds or Manchester would be receiving an ‘encouragement’ of £200+ per week, from public funds.

Written by beleben

July 30, 2014 at 8:10 am

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