Today, the Government announced plans for a new high speed rail line connecting Manchester and Leeds. Another new rail line for the North but still nothing for us in the South West. Ten months on from the latest closure of the Dawlish line, we need confirmation that the Government will fund a fast and resilient additional rail line for Plymouth. Instead, we got the news that, yet again, somewhere else is more important than Plymouth.
Stop ignoring the south west - my message to Government
The Government seems intent on ignoring us in the South West. It is vital to invest in our railway network, and in the South West we don't have a problem with investment going into the north if we're getting our fair share. The problem is, we are not getting our fair share.
Yet again, this Government is announcing schemes everywhere but the South West. They are ignoring the needs of Plymouth, even though the economic case for a fast and resilient additional rail line for Plymouth and the wider South West is overwhelming.
Alison Seabeck has rightly challenged the Chancellor, and the Transport Secretary, to say when the South West is going to see any delivery on the promises this Government made to voters in the West Country. With a Tory government ignoring us, we need the Tory MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport to up his game.
Why isn't Oliver Colvile shouting from the rooftops for the investment our city desperately needs? With winter approaching and the rail link still looking precarious we need Government to realise investing in a fast and resilient additional rail line isn't a luxury it is a basic and Plymouth needs it now.
I'm standing on a platform of putting Plymouth first - that means leading from the front about the investment our city requires. I wish I didn’t have to say this again, but we need our local MP to be fighting for us. The silence from Mr Colvile on this matter is deafening. We need him to be louder about the rail line.
Let me know what you think about this latest snub for Plymouth from this Government by getting in touch.