£40bn boost for our rail­ways

Stockport Express - - Your Views - WILLIAM WRAGG Con­ser­va­tive MP for Hazel Grove

OVER the sum­mer I had con­ver­sa­tions with lo­cal res­i­dents about rail in­vest­ment in our lo­cal area and the wider re­gion.

Reli­able trans­port net­works are es­sen­tial to growth and pro­duc­tiv­ity.

There­fore, I am pleased that the Gov­ern­ment is in the process of de­liv­er­ing the big­gest in­vest­ment in rail­ways since Vic­to­rian times, with around £40 bil­lion be­ing in­vested be­tween 2014 and 2019, which will ben­e­fit mil­lions of pas­sen­gers across the coun­try.

It will mean more trains, more seats and bet­ter sta­tions.

There will be sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in lo­cal rail ser­vices by 2020, in­clud­ing on the Manch­ester to Bux­ton and the Manch­ester to New Mills lines.

In to­tal £580 mil­lion will be in­vested in 98 new trains and 243 re­fur­bished trains.

This will in­crease peak time ca­pac­ity on lo­cal rail­ways.

There will also be fur­ther in­vest­ment at lo­cal sta­tions in­clud­ing Hazel Grove, Romi­ley, Rose Hill, Strines, and Wood­ley.

This will be de­liv­ered over the next two years through North­ern Rail’s Sta­tion Im­prove­ment Fund, which will cover var­i­ous im­prove­ments in­clud­ing re­fur­bish­ment of wait­ing room and shel­ters, new CCTV and cus­tomer in­for­ma­tion dis­plays and im­proved seat­ing on plat­forms.

Pas­sen­gers ex­pect and de­serve high qual­ity rail ser­vices.

I will make sure that Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to lo­cal rail in­vest­ment and I shall con­tinue to push for Greater Manch­ester to see a fairer share of these ben­e­fits.

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