Yesterday I welcomed Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alastair Darling MP, to Liverpool. Alastair announced that Liverpool is part of the Government’s plans for high speed rail, and that the next Labour government would invest in high speed track not only from London to Birmingham, but then up both the east and west coast – and importantly, through the North West.
This means that we could soon be seeing high speed trains at Lime Street, which are capable of travelling at 250mph. This is fantastic news for Liverpool, and I was thrilled that Alastair decided to come to celebrate this announcement.
Of course, the Tories have failed to back the scheme. Remember last year, when David Cameron’s favorite think tank Policy Exchange said everyone from Liverpool really should move to London? It seems as if they haven’t changed, and that they only really care about what happens in the South East.
Only a Labour government has made the commitment to Liverpool which would see high speed rail a reality in our city – making it easier for people to travel, do business, bringing jobs and prosperity. I want to fight to make this a reality.