Labour has launched today the “Don’t Pull the Plug” campaign, calling on the Government to honour its election promises and reinstate plans to electrify the TransPennine route.
Just seven weeks after the election, the Government announced that it was shelving the vital electrification upgrades - projects that Ministers repeatedly promised to deliver ahead of, and throughout, the General Election campaign.
Labour is demanding a real commitment from the Government that it will deliver these projects within a clear and published timetable.
As part of the campaign, Labour has launched an online petition to put pressure on the Government to live up to its promises: www.labour.org.uk/dont-pull-the-plug
Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, said:
“David Cameron has broken his election promise to electrify key rail lines in the Midlands and the North. After five years of fare rises, which Ministers claimed would fund investment, two of the country’s most important rail projects have effectively been cancelled.
“The Tories said they would deliver a Northern Powerhouse, but they have inflicted a Northern power cut instead.
“The Government should now live up to their election promises, reinstate the work on electrification and not pull the plug on these vital upgrades for the North and the Midlands.
“It is also becoming increasingly apparent that Ministers knew all along that they were going to shelve these projects, but continued to con the public before the election. So we are also calling on the Prime Minister and the Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, to come clean and tell everyone exactly what they knew, and when.”