Grant Shapps is MP for Welwyn Hatfield

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Grant Shapps is MP for Welwyn Hatfield and a member of the Conservative party.

Grant Shapps has 173592 followers on Twitter.

Holidaymakers deserve certainty ahead of their first summer getaways free of restrictions.

That’s why today I’ve set out 22 measures to support the aviation industry to minimise disruption and protect passengers – helping with everything from recruitment to scheduling.

A pleasure to meet with the Lithuanian Transport Minister @Skuodis. We discussed how the UK and Lithuania are united in our unwavering support for Ukraine and its people, and signed a new agreement to increase cargo flight opportunities between our nations 🇬🇧🇱🇹.

We have some of the safest roads in the world, but any death or injury is one too many. That’s why we’re establishing a Road Safety Investigation Branch (RSIB) to help save even more lives & understand the causes of incidents as we modernise our network 🛣️
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-countrys-first-ever-investigation-branch-focused-on-road-safety

As union bosses waste time touring television studios, I'm getting on with the job at hand and modernising our railway.

This £1bn investment will replace outdated Victorian infrastructure with cutting edge digital signalling on the East Coast Main Line.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/1-billion-technology-investment-to-bring-railway-into-21st-century

Yesterday @BorisJohnson announced £10m that we allocated to @networkrail to deliver essential materials to our Ukrainian allies to support reconstruction and grain exports, working with @Ukrzaliznytsia.

We continue to stand with Ukraine and condemn Putin's barbaric invasion 🇬🇧🇺🇦

The days when rail strikes could bring Britain to a halt are gone. For millions, rail is now a choice, not a necessity. Tragically, this means that, if strikes continue, the biggest victims may end up being rail workers themselves. Time to modernise the railway & end this strike

Our railway is a proud part of our history and has served us well for 200 years, but if we want it to serve us for the next 200 then it must move with the times and banish the outdated working practices that are holding it back...🧵

The RMT's unwarranted strikes haven't caused the mass overcrowding on buses or heavy congestion on our roads some feared.

But the Union is damaging the lives of everyday hardworking people that they claim to represent.

They should call off Saturday's strike now.

We've supported London transport with nearly £5bn of funding. To reach a long-term settlement that is fair to taxpayers, we must have all required info from TfL & the Mayor, which we have repeatedly asked for. TfL has asked for an extension to do this, which we have today granted

The Government has provided TfL with close to £5bn of funding, but by repeatedly playing politics instead of fulfilling his side of the bargain, Sadiq Khan is preventing a long-term deal from being secured.

Read my letter to him here:

I’m changing the law to help airlines plan realistic schedules ahead of the summer peak, by easing rules on the use of airport slots.

This will help prevent last minute cancellations and give certainty to passengers as they prepare for their well-earned breaks.

Transport Secretary @GrantShapps gave a statement in the @HouseofCommons yesterday about the rail strikes, negotiations and the disruption expected.

#RailReform #NationalStrikes

UK becomes global first to remove barriers for HIV-positive pilots and air traffic controllers. A move which is long overdue across the world in my view.
https://www.caa.co.uk/news/uk-civil-aviation-authority-announces-landmark-changes-for-pilots-and-air-traffic-controllers-living-with-hiv/

Keir Starmer has spent 11 days refusing to condemn the rail strikes. On Wednesday he ordered his MPs not to take a stand against the militant unions.

Now we know why: In private, he's backing the strikes which will grind the country to a halt.

https://www.mailplus.co.uk/edition/news/193239/revealed-sir-keirs-rail-strike-hypocrisy

We’ve just announced a further £15m in funding 💸 for 9 promising Restoring Your Railway schemes, helping to reopen railway lines and stations that were lost decades ago, showing our commitment to growing our historic railway network 🚂#RestoringYourRailway

Today, I'm extending our free onward travel scheme for another 6 months. Since March, we've helped over 2,000 #Ukrainian refugees safely reach their UK destinations on our railway & road networks🚆🚌🚋

We continue to stand with those fleeing Putin's barbaric invasion💙💛

In summary, why do we need to reform our railways?:

🚄Deliver better value for money for taxpayers
🚄We need to adapt to passengers' new train travel habits
🚄Deliver a modern, simpler & fairer transport network for passengers & freight customers

Rail union’s dinosaur ways of working should be consigned to the museum of industrial relations
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18901899/rail-unions-dinosaurs-working-strikes/

As set out in my speech today at @SiemensUKNews’ fantastic Train-Care Facility in Hornsey, it's incredibly disappointing that unions have decided to strike next week, but it’s vital that we strive towards creating a reformed & modernised railway.

I am immensely proud of our railway network, but vital changes are needed if it is to keep pace with modern life.

Strikes should be the last resort, and today I will deliver a speech setting out the change and collaboration needed to overhaul the industry and secure its future.

.@Keir_Starmer notably absent at the rail strike debate yesterday.

He is yet to set out his position❌

See what I said on this in the House👇

Having a resilient supply chain is essential to our economic recovery.

We put 33 measures in place to tackle the global shortage of drivers, and now we’re launching plans to build a seamless freight network and open up new career opportunities. 🚚

We cannot give way to rail strike blackmail – this is a defining moment for Britain
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18856408/grant-shapps-cannot-yield-strike/

People are feeling the pinch of international price rises, so it’s right that we make sure drivers are getting a fair deal on fuel⛽
 
Our 5p fuel duty cut must be passed on to drivers, and this Government is asking the @CMAgovUK to conduct an urgent review 🔍 of the fuel market.

📢UPDATE📢

All COVID testing requirements for travellers entering USA dropped this Sunday - huge boost for transatlantic travel.

Follows UK dropping ALL restrictions in March & our discussions with US about fully restarting international travel

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/06/10/politics/us-to-end-pre-departure-testing-requirement/index.html

Today we hit another milestone in delivering our Plan for Rail by launching the consultation for the legislation needed to deliver it. The creation of Great British Railways as the guiding mind for industry will set our railways on a secure footing that delivers for customers🚆

The theatre, live music and hospitality industries are some of those which are going to suffer from the planned rail strikes. I again encourage unions to stop these strikes and engage in talks with the rail industry:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-61738945?at_campaign=KARANGA&at_medium=RSS&curator=biztoc.com

Great to meet with @VincentVQ today and discuss our shared priorities on shipping decarbonisation, seafarer protections and welfare, and our continued cooperation in maritime security and sanctions against Putin's regime.

Very disappointing @RMTunion are taking action that could damage the rail network after taxpayers contributed £16bn, £600 per household, to keep jobs during Covid. We're working with industry to reduce disruption caused by strikes but urge unions to come to talks with employers.

With the cost of living rising, war in Europe and an economy to recover after Covid, now is not the time for a distracting and divisive leadership contest.

@BorisJohnson has my support - we must back him to get on with the job of delivering for the British people.

The Queen has seen many changes to transport during her 70-year reign. It has become faster and more sophisticated over time, thanks to technology and innovation 👇 #PlatinumJubilee

Congratulations to Her Majesty The Queen on the longest reign in our history. 70 years of unwavering service 🇬🇧 #PlatinumJubilee

Today we’re celebrating the Queen’s #PlatinumJubilee. Transport has changed significantly during her reign and Her Majesty has always been a welcome and willing passenger on that journey 👇

Huge congratulations to all those nominated in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this year, especially those who’ve transformed the field of transport with their inspiring work. 💪

It’s always a pleasure to see the hard work people do to improve the lives of many. #TransportHeroes

Many people are expected to travel over the Jubilee weekend - check before you head off:

⛴️ Check @PoD_travelnews before heading to Dover
✈️ Check your airport or airline before flying
🛤️ Check your trains are running @NationalRailEnq
🚗 Check your route @NationalHways

I called for a full review of government agreements with P&O Ferries and working with @ukhomeoffice we've terminated @UKBorder's one-of-a-kind agreement with the company.

We're reforming maritime law to stop firms exploiting legal loopholes and protect workers’ rights.

The incredible Elizabeth line is already transforming lives, with more than a million customers using the line in just five days🚆

The Government invested £9bn into this new line and it is brilliant to see the difference it's making!

Yesterday we announced all households will receive £400 and millions of vulnerable households will get £1,200 of support this year to help with the cost of living.

Today we have launched a new website to help you find the support available to you, visit: http://www.gov.uk/costoflivingsupport

The Prime Minister has apologised and, as Sue Gray's report confirms, is already making the necessary changes in No10 to ensure these mistakes cannot happen again.

Now it's time to get on with the job and deliver on the issues that matter most to the British people.

Watch ‘Race Against Climate Change Live 2022’ this evening where I join @amitabhk87 & @Envision_Racing to discuss what we’re doing in the UK to decarbonise transport as part of our mission to protect the planet from #climatechange 🌍👇
https://www.facebook.com/events/721241125783398?ref=newsfeed

Today is the day! After £9bn of Gov investment the #ElizabethLine is officially open to the public, bringing numerous benefits including:

💷£42 billion to the UK economy
💰Quicker journeys with 1000s over a third cheaper
👷‍‍Over 55,000 jobs created
🚄More space on all lines

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