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Caroline Flint will highlight underinvestment in North in Transport for Towns debate

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has secured a Parliamentary debate on transport for towns.

Said Caroline: “I’m delighted to be able to highlight important transport concerns that affect Doncaster and its outlying towns.

“Transport has a key role to play in revitalising towns. Good transport efficiently connects towns to other towns, and to larger cities with bigger economies.

“I will highlight research that shows how unreliable public transport is cutting off the poorest families in the north of England from crucial job opportunities, making it harder for them to attend job interviews and hold on to paid employment.  This leaves some of the poorest communities as the most isolated.  It  entrenches poverty and increases inequality.

“A Government Minister admitted last week that ‘long-term under-investment stretching back decades’, saying it would require ‘substantial investment… after such a long period of neglect and decline’.

“I have three asks of Government.  I want to see:

  • a national consultation on transport solutions for our smaller towns;
  • a review of how local bus routes are changed, and
  • a national infrastructure fund to address the needs of our towns, which does not require match funding.

“Together, these would be part of a new deal for our towns after Brexit.”

The debate will take place on Tuesday 19 February at 4.30pm

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