MP calls for 'full and urgent' South West railway funding

Claire Gilbody-Dickerson

BBC News

Plymouth Labour MP Luke Pollard has criticised the government for "overlooking" the South West's "urgent" need for rail funding.

Responding to a central government announcement of £600m for the north of England, Mr Pollard said the South West has again been "ignored" as it failed to get its fair share for railway improvements.

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The Labour MP said he wants to see "full and final funding" for upgrades at storm-hit Dawlish, the electrification of tracks between Plymouth and Totnes as it will cut journey times and carbon emmission, as well as the reopening of the Tavistock railway line.

“Ministers need to be careful chasing votes in the north by neglecting communities in the South West. It is time for us to get our fair share of transport spending," he said.

The Department for Transport has been approached for comment.