Committee of Transport and Tourism
On top of being a "transport enthusiast", I am convinced that an effective, ambitious and innovative European transport policy is essential not only for growth and jobs, but also for European, and notably UK, citizens. Establishing the right European Transport policy is key to encouraging and promoting mobility, labour mobility, cultural and educational mobility but also tourism mobility. We also need to do much more to better connect Europe with efficient and sustainable transport links, to improve road safety, to develop our European Union external aviation policy to remain a hub in the world, and to support SMEs. Those are my top priorities as the Liberal Democrats transport Spokesperson in the European Parliament
In a letter to the Stoke Sentinel, Phil Bennion MEP has highlighted the growing campaign to improve access at Kidsgrove station, which has seen a boom in passenger numbers but platforms can only be reached by a steep footbridge with stairs.
Dear Editor, Further to recent articles about the problems of access at Kidsgrove station, I would like to highlight the extent of cross-party support for the campaign to improve the facilities at this increasingly important transport link.
UK-backed plans for a 'Single European Rail Area' could dramatically cut the costs of running passenger and freight trains and help shift more traffic from road to rail, says Lib Dem transport spokesman and West Midlands MEP Phil Bennion.
The plan is part of the Fourth Railway Package being promoted by the European Commission and recently considered by the European Parliament's transport committee in Brussels.
Phil Bennion is backing the principle of new EU-wide minimum standards for MOT tests as a way of ensuring basic safety for vehicles entitled to drive all over Europe.
But the West Midlands Euro MP has put down amendments on behalf of the Liberal Democrats to exclude light trailers and caravans from the scope of the Commission proposals.
Commenting on the decision by the European Commission to block the proposed merger between Ryanair and Aer Lingus, West Midlands MEP Phil Bennion, Lib Dem Transport Spokesman in the European Parliament, said: "This is the right decision and good news for passengers who otherwise would face a Ryanair monopoly on 46 routes, including many between Ireland and the Midlands.
"Where only one airline covers a route, significant fare rises are inevitable.
Why can't we plan or book a journey through Europe using the most sustainable way to travel in one single go - and online? writes Lib Dem transport spokesman Phil Bennion MEP.
This question stimulated the smart mobility challenge recently organised by the European Commission; a challenge to industry and stakeholders to make multimodal travel a reality by developing or submitting ideas for Europe-wide door-to-door journey planners.
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