On the morning of Monday 2nd October, “Thomas the Tank engine” and a pre-pay meter, helped transport campaigners ask Conservative Party conference delegates to put some money in the electricity meter to help fund the rail electrification programme that the Government has suggested will be cancelled or postponed.
The campaigners were urging Conservative MPs and conference delegates to put pressure on Government Ministers to deliver equitable funding for rail transport in the North as well as honouring pledges to fund electrification of regional rail networks and the expansion of platforms and tracks to remove the bottleneck between Manchester Piccadilly and Oxford Road stations. The improvements are essential in reducing air pollution, tackling climate change, and reducing overcrowding.
This is what we want to see
- Cross Rail for the North – support rail investment in the North of England before it spends £30+ billion on CrossRail2 for London;
- Electrifcation – provide electri cation of Manchester to Leeds and other network lines to provide better services, greater capacity and improve air quality;
- Additional Platforms – honour commitment for additional platforms and track widening between Manchester Piccadilly and Oxford Road stations to remove a key rail bottleneck in the region.
Support these asks by signing the petition from 10:10.
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