At Transport Questions, Jason welcomed the huge investment on the TransPennine rail route whilst highlighting our campaign for improvements on the Huddersfield-Penistone-Sheffield line.
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Jason McCartney MP
I welcome the integrated rail plan, which is investing in the trans-Pennine route coming through my patch in Slaithwaite and Marsden, which the Minister has visited. But as he knows, I have another line that goes through my patch - a single track line - from Huddersfield, Penistone to Sheffield.
I have been supporting the levelling-up bid of my hon. Friends the Members for Penistone and Stocksbridge (Miriam Cates) and for Dewsbury (Mark Eastwood). Will the Minister continue to work with us so that we can get investment in this single-track line that will mean real positivity for local connectivity in our part of the world?
Andrew Stephenson MP
My hon. Friend remains a real champion for his constituency and I can reassure him that the integrated rail plan confirms that the Government will continue to invest in smaller rail enhancements across the north and the midlands in addition to the trans-Pennine route upgrade, HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail.
I would be happy to meet my hon. Friend and his colleagues to discuss this, perhaps on a future visit to his constituency—probably later on this month.