The Yorkshire Party is proposing a mass reversal of Beeching cuts and a number of new railway lines, along with improvements to all forms of transport.
Policy Director, Andy Shead, said: “The Yorkshire Party is pleased to see £589 million commitment by Government for rail improvements in the North but that’s not even enough to fund the few projects they suggest – and certainly not enough to compensate for decades of neglect in Yorkshire. Our new policy is the answer to this neglect, reconnecting, reinvigorating and uniting Yorkshire. Let’s build a high-speed line from Hull to Liverpool and reserve Beeching cuts across Yorkshire, to reconnect smaller communities.”
York to Beverley is one of many proposed reinstatements across Yorkshire. Peter Hemmerman, Yorkshire Party Mayor of Market Weighton, stated it “will bring connection to the national rail network for thousands of East Riding rural residence – everyone should be able to choose how they travel.”
Yorkshire Party Leader, Bob Buxton, added: “We will not accept Yorkshire being left behind any longer. Transport investment is a key step towards economic renewal, environmental improvement and improving everyone’s quality of life. Half measures will only pass problems on to the next generation and leave many behind. To maximise rail-potential, we need a complete network, a network for everyone, serving cities, ports, airports, towns and villages.”
Mr Shead added: “We are committed to bringing Yorkshire’s roads up to standard by investing £1.04 Billion and we continue our commitment to triple the electric charging points. Yorkshire is facing challenges in all areas of transport infrastructure. Let’s invest in a transport revolution, ensuring our resident have access to safe, reliable, green and efficient transport, whether it’s by bike, car, plane or train.”
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