Following reports that Northern Powerhouse Rail (the proposed east-west northern rail link) could be scrapped, Tom Morrison has called upon the Government to publish it's long-awaited Integrated Rail Plan, which is hoped will firm up commitments to improve passenger and freight rail across the North of England.
Liberal Democrats in Cheadle have long campaigned for better public transport locally and across the region, and led calls for a new train station in Cheadle Village and more frequent trains from Bramhall for commuters.
As a member of the Cheadle Town Fund Board, Tom Morrison has played a leading role in developing plans to deliver a new train station in the village, with the scheme in the very early stages of being drafted into a business case.
However, without a regionally integrated plan, new stations and more frequent trains will only act to help residents and businesses travelling within Greater Manchester, not across the Northern Region.
"Many people will be worried that the Government is looking to scale back on its promise to deliver better northern train services, we simply cannot allow this to happen" said Tom. "The Government need to produce it's integrated rail plan sooner rather than later, and prove to northern communities that it's so-called levelling up agenda isn't just empty promises."