Bridget Phillipson Labour Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South
Recently, government ministers rowed back on their intentions to visit the Leamside Line. I thought I’d ask again.
Ministers still refuse to commit to a visit, but now they’re attempting to muddy the waters too.
Ministers think that the Leamside Line should be delivered by a devolved power – only that they haven’t created the devolved power to deliver it.
I shouldn’t be surprised by this government passing the buck, but passing the buck to a non-existent entity is a new low.
There is wide support and a strong economic case for re-opening the line. I won’t stop fighting until we have the public transport network we deserve.