Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Minister suggests Hyndburn's Conservatives are not interested in transport investment

I asked the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress he has made on the Todmorden Curve rail project.* Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 22 July 2010, c506W)

Theresa Villiers (Minister of State (Rail and Aviation), Transport; Chipping Barnet, Conservative)admitted that "The Todmorden Curve rail project is being promoted by Burnley borough council and Lancashire county council" with no mention of Hyndburn Council despite the significant benefits from the Manchester economic hub it will bring to Hyndburn and Haslingden.

The minister went on to explain that "these local authorities are working with Network Rail to develop a business case for funding from local sources".

The Leader of the Council was quick a few years back to march in protest to the London to demand £300,000 from the Treasury but the fight seems to have gone from them these days.

The lack of effort on this and on other things such as elderly accomodation for all or the Accrington Bus Station has resulted in the area being 'last in the queue'.

Cuts to NWDA funding have created doubt on what "funding form local sources" will be available. Hopefully LEPs funding will be forthcoming but the doubt is of concern to Hyndburn and Haslingden.