Mary has responded after reports the North East would be missing out on vital funding for rail infrastructure in the forthcoming Integrated Rail Plan.

Reacting to this news of yet another Conservative ‘Levelling Up’ let down, Mary said:

Rumours that the Integrated Rail Plan will see investment and connectivity to the North scaled back shatters the illusion that the Conservatives are committed to ‘Levelling up’ northern cities and towns like Durham.

People in our region will be left wondering how a government can talk so brazenly about the desperate need to invest in the North yet deliver so little.

I have been arguing since being elected to parliament that without major upgrades to the East Coast Mainline and the reinstatement of the Leamside Line we won’t see transformation needed to ‘level up’ or achieve net zero.

By scrapping Northern Powerhouse Rail, and repackaging existing investment as new, the Government are once again overlooking the north and treating our constituents as second-class citizens, refusing to overhaul our creaking railways and unlock connectivity and jobs in our region.

Durham deserves better trains. It seems this Government aren’t serious about getting our communities back on track.


Mary’s comment can be found in the Northern Echo.

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