North Devon MP in cross-party plea for railway funding

13:57 12 February 2014

Armed Forces Minister and North Devon MP Nick Harvey.

Armed Forces Minister and North Devon MP Nick Harvey.

Archant

Nick Harvey and eight other South West MPs send letter to demand urgent repair money for the region

NORTH Devon MP Nick Harvey has called on the Government to release urgent funding to strengthen the South West’s railways against severe weather.

In a letter signed by nine cross-party South West MPs, Nick and his colleagues have asked Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin to make £31.3million in funding available for flood resilience works - the estimated cost of works after severe weather in 2012/13 and left out of December’s Autumn statement.

With renewed flood damage and continuing severe weather in the last few weeks, MPs have called for the funding as an immediate priority.

“The recent severe weather flood damage to our railways in places like Dawlish has underlined the vulnerability of the South West’s rail network,” said Mr Harvey.

“Rightly, people in North Devon are becoming increasingly worried about how easily the South West Peninsula can become cut off from the rest of the country during severe weather events.

“It’s time the Government grasped the urgency of the situation.

“The South West Peninsula appears to have become southern Britain’s frontline for extreme weather and it’s vital our rail links can withstand further storms.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 17:35
North Devon Road Runners Jo and Frank Biederman with their medals.

North Devonian pounds the streets of the capital for charity....

Read more
Yesterday, 10:09

The nine-turbine wind farm is set to be operational in North Devon by summer 2016.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:36
The TK Maxx store in Barnstaple. Picture: Sarah Howells

Walls around the building on Joy Street have come down revealing new TK Maxx store building.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:07

Woman claiming to be from the council tried to con elderly Barnstaple man, as police warn people to remain vigilent of fraudsters.

Read more
Sunday, April 26, 2015
The Taw Bridge, Barnstaple

Drivers help talk the man to safety after Sunday afternoon drama on Taw Bridge

Read more
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Landlord Nick Ward and customers celebrate St George's Day at the Ship and Pilot in Ilfracombe.

The Ship and Pilot pub pays homage to England sporting success in football club fundraiser

Read more
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Justin Wallace, former Bideford Round Table chairman; Dr Robin Buckland, North Devon Children’s Holiday Foundation; and Alex Dziurzynski, Bideford Round Table events coordinator.

The Bideford Round Table has raised nearly £3,000 to provide holidays of a lifetime for children with serious illnesses and disabilities.

Read more
Friday, April 24, 2015
David Cameron visiting Barnstaple this morning. Picture © Guy Harrop

Catch up with the latest General Election goings on and ministerial visits in pictures

Read more
Friday, April 24, 2015
The new Ilfracombe launch and recovery vehicle being put through its paces on Instow beach.

£1million launch and recovery vehicle begins training exercises in North Devon

Read more
Friday, April 24, 2015

Tractor severely damaged after accidentally catching fire near Lynton yesterday (Thursday).

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 5°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder