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Rail Services In The South West Of England

EDM number 739 in 2002-03, proposed by David Heath on 13/02/2003.

That this House expresses its deep concern at the lack of investment in rail services in the South West of England and, in particular, the cancellation of the proposed electrification of the line between London Paddington and Bristol, the substantial unmet need for investment in services between London Paddington and Taunton and beyond, and the failure to implement dualling of the track between London Waterloo and Exeter; believes that the travelling public in the West Country are entitled both to efficient long distance services and an effective local transport network; notes that at present Somerset is particularly badly served in both respects; and accordingly urges the Government and the rail authorities to provide resources to improve the railway infrastructure in the South West, encourage the opening and re-opening of stations serving communities on the main line such as Langport, Somerton and Witham Friary, and the provision of enhanced services to stations such as Frome serving substantial communities which are currently grossly underserved.

This motion has been signed by a total of 11 MPs.

David Heath13/02/2003Somerton & FromeLiberal DemocratProposed
Paul Tyler13/02/2003North CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Mike Hancock24/02/2003Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Keetch25/02/2003HerefordLiberal DemocratSigned
Annette Brooke25/02/2003Mid Dorset & North PooleLiberal DemocratSigned
Jim Cunningham25/02/2003Coventry SouthLabourSigned
David Laws26/02/2003YeovilLiberal DemocratSigned
Richard Younger-Ross26/02/2003TeignbridgeLiberal DemocratSigned
Colin Breed27/02/2003South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Nick Harvey04/03/2003North DevonLiberal DemocratSigned
Nigel Jones02/04/2003CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned

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