Concise Minutes - Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee

Meeting Venue:

Committee Room 3 - Senedd

Meeting date: Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Meeting time: 09.31 - 12.39
This meeting can be viewed
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Assembly Members:

Russell George AM (Chair)

Mohammad Asghar (Oscar) AM

Hefin David AM

Vikki Howells AM

David J Rowlands AM

Bethan Sayed AM

Jack Sargeant AM (In place of Lee Waters AM)

Joyce Watson AM


Kirsty Williams AM, Minister for Education

Prof Peter Halligan, Learned Society of Wales

Huw Morris, Welsh Government

Bill Kelly, Network Rail

Tim James, Network Rail

Alison Thompson, Network Rail

Tom Joyner, Arriva Trains Wales

James Price, Transport for Wales

Nass Dadkah, Metropolitan Railway Consultants Ltd

Committee Staff:

Gareth Price (Clerk)

Lara Date (Second Clerk)

Robert Lloyd-Williams (Deputy Clerk)

Phil Boshier (Researcher)

Andrew Minnis (Researcher)



1       Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

1.1  There were no apologies

1.2  Jack Sargeant AM substituted for Lee Waters AM

1.3 There were no declarations of interest



2       Paper(s) to note

2.1 The letter was noted by the Committee

2.2 The attached document was noted by the Committee

2.3 The Welsh Government response was noted by the Committee



3       Research and Innovation evidence session with the Minister for Education

3.1 Kirsty Williams AM, Huw Morris and Professor Peter Halligan answered questions from Committee Members



4       Autumn rail disruption inquiry: Network Rail

4.1 Bill Kelly, Alison Thompson and Tim James answered questions from Committee Members



5       Autumn rail disruption inquiry: Arriva Trains Wales

5.1 Tom Joyner answered questions from Committee Members



6       Autumn rail disruption inquiry: Transport for Wales

6.1 James Price and Nass Dadkah answered questions from Committee Members

6.2 James Price has agreed to send to the committee figures about bringing in an additional 116 carriages to the fleet, and details on what structures and shared targets have been establishes between TfW and Network Rail in the new franchise.

6.3 James Price has also promised to send to the Committee the final report on the Autumn investigation





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