Nick Clegg calls for South West transport boost in Autumn Statement

November 7, 2014 2:35 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is calling for a boost to the South West's road and rail links in next month's Autumn Statement.

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Today (7 November) Nick met with business leaders in the South West to discuss the need for investment in the area's transport system.

He said:

"Poor road and rail services have been holding the South West back for too long.

"Time and time again on my visits to the region and once again today, I have heard from colleagues, businesses and members of the public that transport investment is at the very top of their agenda.

"From Cornwall to Devon, from Somerset to Bristol, it is vital that the South West is not left behind when it comes to big infrastructure projects. London has Cross-rail and the North has HS2 and HS3 and we need to improve transport in the South West to allow this thriving community to fulfil its economic potential and create a stronger economy.

"Whether it's duelling and upgrading the A303, A30 and A358, improving the rail track between Exeter and Salisbury, or increasing the frequency of rail services between London and Penzance, these are things that people and businesses across the South West tell me they need to help this region thrive.

"In the Autumn Statement the Liberal Democrats and I are determined that we prioritise investment in infrastructure projects such as these, to make sure that the South West gets the road and rail services it both needs and deserves."