Looking at the pinch point on the A595
Looking at the pinch point on the A595

Yesterday Chris Altree was joined by Andy McDonald, Shadow Secretary for Transport. They visited areas of Furness that have been blighted by lack of investment.

Our local road and rail infrastructure is in a woeful state and the notorious Dove Ford bottleneck is a case in point.

Road users, residents and members of the A595 Action Group have had their patience tested to the limit.

Former Conservative Transport Secretary Chris Grayling came to Cumbria in February 2017 – shortly before the Copeland by-election incidentally – to announce major improvements to the A595. Still nothing has been done.

Tailbacks on the A590 are legendary and it is high time our main route with the M6 was dual carriageway throughout. We agreed that this would be a priority under a Labour government.

As a railway worker Chris understands better than most what our area needs and he is grateful to our Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald for taking the time to see for himself the state of our road and rail infrastructure.

Labour understands that transport is an essential public service and we have set out extensive plans to bring Rail back under the control of the British people, lower costs and invest in new infrastructure and electrification.

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