MPs today debated the announcements made by the Queen during her annual speech to Parliament. During today’s debate, Judith seized the opportunity to continue to press Central Government for Bradford to be included on the high speed rail link known as High Speed 3.
Judith says: “I had high hopes for the Queen’s Speech, following my campaign over recent months for Bradford to be included on the HS3 rail link and for the Calder Valley line to be electrified. Frustratingly, despite quizzing the Prime Minister only a few weeks ago about this very issue, there was no further detail about whether HS3 will include a station in Bradford or whether the Calder Valley line to be electrified. I will continue to press the Prime Minister and this Government until I receive a firm commitment for the people of Bradford.”
On Wednesday, the Queen attended Parliament for the pomp and ceremony of the State Opening of Parliament. During the Queen’s annual address to MPs, Her Majesty announced the draft laws that the Government plans to bring before the House of Commons in the coming year. MPs will debate the Queen’s Speech over the coming week, today was the opportunity to discuss transport announcements including HS3.
Judith says: “For a city of Bradford’s size, with an economy valued at £9.2 billion, the 11th largest in the UK, to not be included in the Government’s flagship infrastructure projects is just crazy. Unlike similar sized cities elsewhere in the country, Bradford has few direct services to other major cities and where it does the average speed of the journey is a derisory 33 miles per hour. It’s just not good enough.”
Judith’s intervention today in Parliament follows a recent joint call from Bradford Council, the business community and West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, for the Government to prioritise regional rail links in the Bradford and Yorkshire area.