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Bradford needs PM to honour her promises on rail investment

Bradford needs PM to honour her promises on rail investment

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins is demanding the Prime Minister put her money where her mouth is over investment in rail electrification and the Northern Powerhouse.

Speculation in a national newspaper suggested Transport Secretary Chris Grayling plans to further delay electrification of the trans pennine route. There are also fears the Northern Powerhouse Rail project, which would give Bradford’s economy a £1.3billion boost, is to be shelved.

Mrs Cummins raised the issue today at Prime Minister’s Questions, demanding to know if Bradford and the north were losing out so the Government could fund the £1billion deal with the DUP to keep Theresa May in power.

Mrs Cummins, who is campaigning for a NPR station in Bradford and previously challenged Prime Minister David Cameron over previous delays to electrification, has called on the Government to honour its repeated promises.

She said: “These are serious claims about important projects. The significance and value of these projects to the economic prosperity of Bradford and the rest of the region cannot be underestimated.

“We need a clear answer on what the Government intends. These projects, and the economic regeneration of the north, must stop being used as political footballs.

“After the 2015 general election electrification was put on hold despite being repeatedly promised by the Government during the campaign. The same has now happened after the 2017 general election.

“We need the Prime Minister and her ministers to commit to real investment, not hollow promises.”

UK Labour Party