Angela seeks clarity on future transport infrastructure across the Pennines
Angela, who has campaigned for many years for better transport connections across the Pennines, has today written to Ministers asking for clarity over future links between the cities of the north.
Ministers have in recent days completely contradicted themselves with regard to what is a hugely important issue for the north of England.
In a recent letter to Angela, Paul Maynard MP, a Minister in the Department of Transport, indicated the case for HS3 had still to be made. However, on the 22nd of August, Jake Berry MP, the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, confirmed to camera that the HS3 project would definitely go ahead.
On top of this, the day after this the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP, in an interview with the `Yorkshire Post`, said if the north wanted a new improved rail service across the Pennines then the north needed to design and manage it, indicating the it was not the Government’s responsibility.
In her letter to Ministers Angela has asked for clarity and re-assurances that the government will take this project forward and with full government support.
The comments from the Secretary of State are particularly troubling, given London already receives for transport £1700 per person per annum more than Yorkshire. To suggest the north should sort out its own transport solutions is worrying, especially from the man in charge of transport for the whole country.
Commenting, Angela said;
“Ministers seem to in complete disarray over a new cross Pennine rail link. Only last week Paul Maynard MP was indicating to me that the economic case had yet to be made, then the Minister with responsibility for the Northern Powerhouse says it’s certain to go ahead. Then the Secretary of State claims its up to the north to sort out its transport problems. We need to know just what is happening here and we need to establish exactly what the Government’s position is.
How can my constituents have confidence in the government’s ability to deliver desperately needed transport infrastructure over many years when the very people in charge of that delivery seem to change their minds on daily basis?
We in the north need these improvements if we are to have a prosperous future and to see Ministers confused and contradictory is quite worrying.
They need to get their act together quickly and they need to stop playing politics that has more to do with the Tory Party than the future of the country.”