MP's Casebook, Regional News — November 15, 2016 at 12:20 pm — Updated: November 15, 2016 at 1:05 pm

MP meets with Chancellor to boost case for Rail



Dr James Davies MP has taken the fight for improved rail in North Wales to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.


He met the Right Honourable Philip Hammond MP for a private meeting to discuss infrastructure improvements and the case for investment in rail in the region. The plan, known as Growth Track 360, is geared to enabling growth in the cross border economy of the North Wales and Mersey Dee region.


Dr Davies is Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group championing the Growth Track 360 Campaign and has also taken the case to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP and the Minister for Rail, Paul Maynard MP, in recent weeks, as well as leading debates in Parliament since he was elected last year.


Commenting James said, “A partnership of public and private bodies has come together under the banner ‘Growth Track 360’, working to secure modernisation of the North Wales rail line, which is vital for growth for the area.  Investment in rail infrastructure will support key employment and strategic developments to boost our economy”.


Dr Davies also raised the campaign in the recent Westminster Hall debate on HS2, at which the Minister, Andrew Jones MP said he welcomed the establishment of the Task Force and said it is doing a good job of making the case for rail modernisation in North Wales and of developing wider growth plans for the region.


The Vale of Clwyd MP added, “I am now taking the fight for rail in our region to the top. The Task Force has a solid case and their research shows that Growth Track 360 would fast-track economic growth, boosting GVA (the value of goods and services in the North Wales and Mersey Dee region each year) to £50.5 billion over 20 years and delivering 70,000 jobs in the same period”.


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