At a packed meeting at the Crewe Arms Hotel, Dr. Adrian Heald, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich presented key themes from the transport consultation that he has led in recent months, followed by a lively question and answer session.
Keynote addresses were given by Louise Ellman, Chair of the Westminster Transport Select Committee, who highlighted the importance of long term strategic investment in the railway infrastructure; Brian Simpson, North-West Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the European Parliament Transport and Tourism Committee, who spoke passionately about ensuring that all Public Transport providers put the public service obligation first and foremost; and Lord Richard Rosser, Labour Spokesperson on Transport in the House of Lords, who pointed to the advantages of having a universal travel card similar to the one used across greater London.
Dr. Heald said:
“we have such outlined proposals including better connection between local bus services and Crewe Railway station, more buses from across the area to Leighton Hospital at evenings and weekends, a properly integrated network of dedicated cycle routes across Crewe and Nantwich, and the aspiration that more freight be carried by rail to relieve congested motorways”.
He also added:
“the coming of High Speed 2 to Crewe would bring much needed jobs and investment, while also in the longer term connecting North-West England directly to continental Europe by rail.