To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an estimate of the potential cost to the public purse of (a) restoring free off-peak bus travel to people aged 60 and over in England and (b) giving free bus travel to people aged 18 to 25 in England.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was disbursed from the public purse by his Department to fund UK election observers overseas in each of the last five years.
KEIGHLEY sunseekers can jet off on holiday with just one bus ride thanks to a new service to Leeds Bradford Airport. The Keighley Bus Company has launched a direct link from Keighley to the airport via Silsden, Steeton, Addingham, Ilkley and Otley. The 62 service between Keighley and the airport will run every hour throughout the day from Mondays to Saturdays, with extra journeys between the airport and Otley on Sundays. Keighley Bus Company boss Alex Hornby said: “We’re delighted to extend the 62 to and from Leeds Bradford Airport, and it’s great to have the airport backing us in this new venture.
Plans for a new cross-Pennine rail link have “caught up” with London’s proposals for Crossrail 2, the North’s transport body said as Chris Grayling was warned to avoid a “real scandal” on the East Coast Main Line. The prospects for transport in the region are at a critical point, with Transport for the North (TfN) working at “breakneck” speed to produce a costed plan for Northern Powerhouse Rail and the Transport Secretary poised to announce the next steps for the East Coast line within days. TfN’s chief executive officer Barry White told a meeting of MPs and peers that the country’s first sub-national transport body is now “marching in lock-step” with Crossrail 2 as Mr Grayling considers funding of future infrastructure projects.
TWO Wharfedale MPs are calling on Channel 4 to set up a new base in Leeds. The broadcaster confirmed in March that it would be moving hundreds of staff out of its London headquarters after securing a deal with the Government. More than a quarter of the company's 800 employees in London are set to be relocated and Birmingham has been tipped as the new regional base. But there is also expected to be at least one other new regional hub created - and Leeds is one of 12 cities that have been lobbying for the position.
KEIGHLEY air cadets impressed the town’s MP with their interest in current affairs when he visited their base. John Grogan spent time with the uniformed teenagers of 2431 (Keighley) Squadron at Keighley’s historic Drill Hall. The cadets thoroughly enjoyed his visit and were very enthusiastic when it came to ‘question time’. Mr Grogan said: “It was a great privilege to visit the Keighley squadron of the Air Training Corps particularly in the year we celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force.
KEIGHLEY'S MP swapped the often-choppy waters of Parliament for a calmer environment at the weekend. John Grogan enjoyed a two-hour trip aboard the Leeds and Liverpool Canal Society's floating museum, Kennet. He joined fellow society members on Saturday as the boat made its way through his constituency, from Silsden to Riddlesden. Mr Grogan chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group for inland waterways. "Amongst other things the trip enabled John to see for himself progress with the ongoing upgrade to the canal towpath into Silsden," said Colin Thunhurst, a society trustee.
KEIGHLEY MP John Grogan has joined the hunt for water leaks in the town. He accompanied Yorkshire Water inspectors, who explained methods of detection – including the use of technology such as drones, satellites and 'acoustic ears'. As part of its aim to further plug the volume of water escaping from its pipelines, the company is hiring more leakage inspectors and trainees. A spokesman said: "Reducing leakage is part of our goal to ensure everyone always has a secure supply of drinking water, now and in the future.
An MP has launched a stinging attack on a key architect of the Northern Powerhouse for voicing scepticism about pan-Yorkshire devolution, describing him as a dinner circuit “raconteur” who no longer has influence in Westminster. Keighley MP John Grogan accused former Treasury Minister Lord Jim O’Neill of “grossly underestimating” the power of the Yorkshire brand to bring investment into the region. Lord O’Neill, a key ally of George Osborne in efforts to empower the North, had criticised supporters of a “One Yorkshire” deal for “repeated focus on the marketing brand of the name Yorkshire” using “chest-beating slogans” rather than making the economic case for getting money and powers from Westminster. Yorkshire needs more than ‘chest-beating slogans’ to win powers, Northern Powerhouse architect says.