Jenny Chapman MP


Rail investment needed beyond HS2

Jenny calls for investment in East Coast main line


Jenny Chapman MP spoke out on the need for rail investment not to be focused solely on the planned HS2 link, in response to today's statement in the House of Commons from Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport.

Jenny Chapman (Darlington) (Lab): My constituency of Darlington is the indisputable birthplace of the railways—I think there are no Members for Stockton present—and my constituents currently enjoy a very good service to London. They are delighted that people in Leeds will soon be able to enjoy a good service too, but are concerned that that must not be at the expense of investment in the east coast main line. Will the Secretary of State commit to that not being the case?

Mr McLoughlin: Indeed I will. We are committed to providing brand new rolling stock for the east coast main line: one of the biggest orders placed for the railways has been signed off by the Government. I am delighted we have done that.

Follow the link to read the High Speed Rail debate in full.


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