Andrew Gwynne, the local Member of Parliament for Denton and Reddish, is backing a new “Don’t Pull the Plug Campaign”, which calls on the 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.
The cancellation of the projects is bad for local passengers and bad for the local economy in Greater Manchester.
Andrew Gwynne is demanding a real commitment from the Government that it will deliver these projects within a clear and published timetable.
Mr Gwynne is also urging people in Tameside and Stockport 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
Andrew Gwynne 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, reinstate the work on electrification and not pull the plug on these vital upgrades for the North and the Midlands.
“I encourage everyone in Tameside and Stockport 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.”