MP bids for railway funding

North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson is seeking government investment to re-open the railway line between Exeter, Okehampton, Tavistock and Plymouth.

Dan has written to and is due to meet government ministers at the Department for Transport and at the Treasury to ask them to re-open the Okehampton line as the preferred option for an additional rail route west of Exeter.


Network Rail outlined three options for an additional railway line beyond Exeter following the damage to the existing mainline at Dawlish earlier this year.
 
Dan’s request for crucial funding comes ahead of the Government’s Autumn Budget Statement on 3rd December.
 
Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, said this week that road and rail investment in the South West is his top priority.
 
In the 2012 Autumn Budget Statement Mr Alexander agreed to provide funding to upgrade the A30 at Temple to dual carriageway following years of campaigning by Dan and the A30 Action Group, backed by Cornwall Council transport chiefs.
 
Dan Rogerson is now hoping for further infrastructure investment to re-open the railway to Okehampton and Tavistock in order to benefit residents and businesses in North Cornwall.

Commenting Dan said "“Of course there are still tough spending decisions to be taken to continue to reduce the deficit – but spending on infrastructure projects like dualling the A30 at Temple is a key part of the Lib Dem plan to deliver a stronger, sustainable economy for Cornwall.

“Thousands of local residents, businesses and tourism groups have already backed my petition to re-open the railway line from Exeter to Okehampton and Tavistock.
 
We have to protect the existing railway line at Dawlish, but re-opening this additional line would bring rail services much closer to north and east Cornwall, would keep our area connected if there is a problem on the existing mainline, and is our best chance of eventually seeing the railways re-opened across the Tamar to the likes of Launceston, Bude, Camelford and the north coast."