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MPs urged to back Yorkshire Post rail campaign

JC_080715_Gaza3The Yorkshire Post’s Back On Track campaign has received parliamentary backing.

Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox has tabled a motion in the Commons welcoming the campaign and echoing its call for the Government to reinstate plans to electrify the TransPennine and Midland Mainline routes.

The motion also demands ministers inform MPs precisely when they knew about Network Rail’s plans to shelve the electrification projects.

Mrs Cox is now urging Yorkshire MPs and colleagues across the north to back the motion and the YP’s campaign in order to force a debate in the Commons.

The Labour MP said: “The Yorkshire Post campaign speaks with one voice for the Yorkshire MPs, businesses, commuters and others who are outraged that after all the pre-election promises, electrification has since been shelved indefinitely.

“This decision undermines the Government’s so called northern powerhouse agenda and its commitment to helping boost the northern economy. It has an impact on many people and businesses across Yorkshire and the north and needs to be resolved urgently.

“Network Rail appears to have known in March that the plans would be shelved. It is inconceivable that ministers were not aware, even though they continued to repeat the promise during the election campaign. It is unacceptable that these questions remain unanswered.

“We want the schemes back on track, we want to know when work will start and we want to know what ministers knew, and when.”

The motion is now live for MPs to sign.

Mrs Cox, whose constituency is served by the TransPennine route, added: “In the last year India has electrified 850 miles of track, yet our Transport Secretary is quibbling about 40 miles from Leeds to Manchester. It’s simply not good enough.”