Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
views from bournemouth west
If you happen to live in the Bournemouth West constituency and haven't decided who to vote for yet, Anna-Jayne Metcalfe has asked the candidates a few questions on the most important issue.
Alasdair Murray [email@example.com] (LD)
"We will implement the largest expansion of the rail network since the Victorian era and undo many of the cuts made by Beeching as well as support the roll out of high speed rail links. This will be paid for by cutting funding from the major roads budget, much of which is used for motorway widening and hard shoulder running projects, and redirecting it into rail."
Question: Can you confirm whether the LD rail re-openings commitment includes the reopening of the lines from Bournemouth to Bath and Ringwood to Brockenhurst?
"I know we are committed to the Ringwood line but I would need to check on the Bath link (i would say it is fairly likely though)."
Conor Burns [firstname.lastname@example.org] (Con)
"On high speed rail, we have one of the most comprehensive policies of all the major parties and will begin work immediately on a high speed rail line connecting London and Heathrow with Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, with construction beginning in 2015, as the first step towards our vision of a national network joining up cities across England, Scotland and Wales. Stage two will deliver two new lines bringing the North East, Scotland and Wales into our high speed rail network. In addition we will support crossrail and the electrification of the Great Western line to South Wales and introduce a moratorium on building on disused rail lines."
Question: I would ask whether you will support re-opening secondary routes such as the direct line from Bournemouth to Bath?
No answer to that one yet.
No response whatsoever from Labour or UKIP.