MP COLUMN: Conservatives have taken action on behalf of residents
The recent confirmation of £34million of funding from the Government to help reinstate passenger rail services to some of the largest towns in Northumberland for the first time since 1964 is brilliant news.
In Blyth Valley it means two stations for Blyth at Bebside and Newsham as well as a station at Seaton Delaval to serve Seaton Valley and east Cramlington.
A direct service to Newcastle Central Station and interchange station with the Metro network at Northumberland Park will make such a difference for commuters who would like to leave the car at home and students accessing universities in Newcastle and beyond.
With stations proposed for Ashington and Bedlington there will also be opportunities to travel north and towns across south east Northumberland will finally be re-connected by a rail link.
Ironically local Labour politicians have suggested the investment is overdue whilst overlooking the fact that they were in government between 1997 and 2010 when the Cabinet was full of North East MPs. This included the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and at one point the Transport Secretary who was the North Tyneside MP.
A promise of £14.5m of funding was reported way back in 2000 but never materialised and in 2007 a Minister was described as pouring cold water over the project.
Labour has spectacularly let down Northumberland voters by delivering nothing but words.
It is a Conservative Council working alongside a Conservative Government that has taken action on behalf of residents with services expected to be running by 2024.
Ian Levy, Blyth Valley MP