Monday, 5 October 2009

High Speed Rail - additional benefits

Today I went down to Lamesley to have a look at the rail goods yard. Its a real shame that Birtley and Lamesley have big populations that commute to Newcastle and have to travel by bus or car though one of the most congested areas - south Gateshead and the Team Valley - when they have a mainline rail line running through their community. There was a station in Birtley for many years. So could we reopen it and provide a cost effective solution to reducing congestion? Yes but the East Coast main line is very busy and can't have more communter trains slowing down the main trains. The solution? Give the North East the high speed rail link it deserves and put more commuter trains on the old line. Some of the Beeching cuts need to be reversed.

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