MP Sherriff seeks rail talks

MP Sherriff seeks rail talks

DEWSBURY & Mirfield MP Paula Sherriff demanded a meeting with the transport secretary after a railway upgrade was shelved.

Electrification of the trans-Pennine route would have cut journey times from Dewsbury to places like Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool.

Part of a wider £38bn scheme announced before May’s general election, it has been delayed due to funding concerns.

The Government claimed it was only told of those problems by Network Rail last week.

Miss Sherriff is not so sure and added: “It would appear Network Rail knew long ago the upgrade would be undeliverable.

“Yet the Government continued to make false promises right up to the General Election.”

As a result she asked Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin for a meeting to discuss future upgrade options.

In a letter she wrote: “Dewsbury is in desperate need of a boost to the local economy and once again Dewsbury and the north have been let down.

“My constituents deserve an explanation as to why they were misled by the Government.

“Simply passing the buck onto Network Rail will not do. Your government talks of a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ but yet once again leaves the north starved of investment.

“My constituents deserve to know that they have not been forgotten and that proposals will be considered to invest in northern transport infrastructure during the course of this parliament.”

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