MP throws his weight be­hind plan

Rossendale Free Press - - The Rossendale Scribbler -

●● Gra­ham Jones with Manch­ester Mayor Andy Burn­ham HASLING­DEN’S MP has thrown his sup­port be­hind a bid to re­store Rossendale’s rail link.

Gra­ham Jones MP has writ­ten to Andy Burn­ham, Mayor of Manch­ester, to ask for his sup­port in in­clud­ing the Rawten­stall to Manch­ester rail cor­ri­dor in Trans­port for the North’s 2020-2050 strat­egy, which would see ma­jor in­vest­ment in trans­port in­fra­struc­ture.

It fol­lows the re­lease of the Cen­tre for Eco­nomics and Busi­ness Re­search (CEBR) re­port into the rail cor­ri­dor, as com­mis­sioned by Rossendale and Lan­cashire County Coun­cils, as we re­ported on ear­lier in the month.

Mr Jones high­lighted the poor rail con­nec­tiv­ity that is ex­pe­ri­enced by many in the area.

He said: “I have long cam­paigned for en­hanced trans­port con­nec­tiv­ity in the north, as im­proved trans­port links are cen­tral to see­ing the north thrive, from its econ­omy to its job mar­ket. How­ever, it is vi­tal that we see our towns and ru­ral ar­eas in­cluded in this in­vest­ment. The De­part­ment for Trans­port must lis­ten to the north. Both Lan­cashire and Rossendale Coun­cils on be­half of lo­cal peo­ple are call­ing for in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment to boost the lo­cal econ­omy.”

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