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MK call for urgent action on upgrade to train tracks following Parliamentary debate in Westminster
A senior Mebyon Kernow spokesperson has called on the Government, Railtrack and First Great Western to "actually do something" following yet another debate on the future of rail Services in Cornwall and South West England in Westminster.

Cllr Andrew Long, the party's economy spokesperson and Cornwall Councillor for Callington made the comments following the debate featuring many MPs from Cornwall and the wider South West peninsula.

"It is frankly amazing that these MPs seem to spend most of the time criticising former governments on their lack of investment, rather than drawing a line and moving forward to find a solution to the ongoing problems with our rail infrastructure, and particularly the Dawlish question.

“We raised this back in 2009 as an issue that needed urgent discussions and, more importantly, some action, to protect the rail line from Cornwall to the rest of the U.K.  Instead we have been presented with a series of attacks on former governments and then, when the opportunity arose to start the process, arguments on who was going to pay for a survey.  This is an example of the inability of government to deal with these issues, and the lack of urgency they have shown," said Cllr Long.

"At the same time that they are wringing their hands over paying for a survey, they spend billions on upgrading the London to Birmingham route to increase the speed by 20 minutes.  It's pure hypocrisy.  We ended up with no rail service at all for two months during the storms back in 2014, and were treated to minister after minister arriving in the South West to say how bad it is, but we are still no further forward in finding a long term solution to diverting the line around Dawlish. And now we have been told that electrification will not come west for many years.  It is time now for action from these organisations before the next storm puts out the line again," he added.
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By Dick Cole. Published on 15th February 2016.

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