As the Government row back on the promises they made to the British people, their Integrated Rail Plan contains watered down, half-baked plans offering the bare minimum to communities across the North.
The Leamside line is a project that commands wide support alongside a strong economic case for re-opening. The fact we continue to be overlooked shows this Government’s lack of ambition.
I know how bitterly disappointed local people and local businesses will be as a result of the Government’s decision. I won’t stop fighting until we have the public transport network we deserve.
Only a Labour government will make our transport links fit for the economy of the future and ensure every corner of our country succeeds. And we’d do so by supporting British businesses, with our plans to Buy, Make and Sell in Britain.