St Helens South and Whiston MP, Marie Rimmer, is backing a new “Don’t Pull the Plug Campaign”, which calls on the Conservative Government to reinstate plans to electrify the Midland Main Line and the TransPennine route.
Just seven weeks after the election, the Government announced that it was shelving the vital electrification upgrades - projects that Ministers repeatedly promised to deliver ahead of, and throughout, the General Election campaign.
uneThe cancelling of the projects is bad for local passengers and bad for the North West economy. Marie is demanding a real commitment from the Government that it will deliver these projects within a clear and published timetable.
Marie is also urging people in St Helens South and Whiston to sign up to a petition to add pressure on the Government to live up to its promises: www.labour.org.uk/dont-pull-the-plug
Marie Rimmer MP said:
“David Cameron has broken his promise to electrify key rail lines in the Midlands and the North.
“The Government should now live up to their election promises. They talk of creating a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ yet this is another example of them pushing ahead with projects that benefit London and the South while the rest of the UK is left behind.
“I encourage everyone in St Helens South & Whiston to get involved and add their name to the petition. The Government should not be allowed to get away with promising these enhancements before the election and then reneging on its commitments just weeks later.”