Luke Pollard

Labour & Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

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One month from Dawlish re-opening and still little obvious progress towards an additional rail line for Plymouth

The Government must not forget about the South West

One month on from the re-opening of the rail line at Dawlish, Luke Pollard, Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, has warned the Government must not forget about the South West.

 Dawlish train line close (image from plymouthherald.co.uk)

Image from www.plymouthherald.co.uk

Luke Pollard, the Labour and Co-operative Parliamentary Candidate for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, said:

"It is one month on from the re-opening of Dawlish and the Government remains stubbornly silent about the additional rail line the south west desperately needs. 

"The Government needs to be under no doubt people in Plymouth will not forget about this issue. Plymouth and Cornwall needs an additional line connecting us to the rest of the country. In the past month MPs have voted to give High Speed 2 the green light but we have heard little about progress about a fast and resilient railway for Devon and Cornwall.

"Alison Seabeck and I are determined that Plymouth should not be forgotten about and we will be keeping the pressure on for concrete progress towards achieving an additional line avoiding Dawlish.

"This won't happen overnight but a month of silence since the re-opening of the line does not suggest Ministers understand the importance of this issue for people and businesses in Plymouth."

If you've got views about why Plymouth needs an additional rail line to ensure we have a fast and resilient rail line connecting Devon and Cornwall to the rest of the country please get in touch. Email Luke on luke@lukepollard.net

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