Robert welcomes inclusion of capacity increase on Hope Valley route in Government’s £48 billion rail improvement programme

Robert Largan, Conservative parliamentary candidate for High Peak has welcomed the announcement from the Transport Secretary that an increase in capacity and journey times on the Hope Valley route is to be included in the largest rail modernisation programme since the Victorian times.  

The Transport Secretary confirmed that commuters in High Peak were to benefit while giving evidence to the Transport Select Committee in Parliament on Wednesday.  

Grant Shapps confirmed the Conservatives’ commitment to the Hope Valley route, which will transform local rail services serving New Mills Central, Chinley, Edale, Hope and Bamford. 

The Conservative Government are currently investing a record £48 billion in the nation’s railways – improving reliability and punctuality, upgrading trains and allowing passengers to benefit from quicker, more comfortable journeys.  

Commenting, Robert Largan said: 

“I have been campaigning for local rail improvements and I'm really pleased the Government are prioritising an increase of capacity and journey times on the Hope Valley line as part of our plans to upgrade the nations’ railways – this will transform rail services for local people and make a real difference to the community here in the High Peak.  

“Fast, reliable trains are vital, not just for boosting local growth, but to making areas like ours attractive places to live and start a business. Support for this project will be welcomed locally. 

“I want to make sure that no part of this country is left behind, and no business is held back, because of poor infrastructure. We will level up opportunities and renew the ties that bind our communities together.”