Created: 11 July 2019
Ahead of the upcoming spending review, Andrew met with representatives of Transport for the North to discuss rail and transport investment in the North. Andrew also added his voice to the growing calls for Government to prioritise spending in the North of England.
Alongside fellow Northern MPs, civic leaders and businesses, Andrew is calling on the Government to increase investment in transport in the North of England, in line with Transport for the North’s Strategic Transport Plan. This includes a commitment from the Government to a £7 billion Northern Infrastructure Pipeline to deliver road and rail schemes that could transform the way people travel and goods are moved across the North. In addition, leaders are also calling for a long-term commitment to the up to £39 billion Northern Powerhouse Rail network, which would better connect the key economic areas and cities of the North.
Potential interventions for the Goole area, which are being assessed as part of the long-term investment programme, focus on improving connectivity and resilience around economic clusters through the Humber area. This could include new junctions on the M62 for Selby and Goole.
Andrew said, “Whilst the Government has already committed £13 billion to transport improvements across the North, passengers and commuters in our area continue to be frustrated. This year will see upgraded trains operating on our local railway services, but more needs to be done. That is why I am working hard with local Councillors and local community groups for improvements on the Goole-Snaith-Leeds line. I spent much of last weekend hand delivering surveys on this issue which I hope residents will complete and return.
“I fully support Transport for the North’s Strategic Transport Plan. By addressing this issue, we can close the productivity gap between the North and the rest of the country and ensure that our area and the North of England reaches its full potential."