Jessica Morden Jessica Morden - Labour MP for Newport East, Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and PPS to Keir Starmer
Last week in Parliament I highlighted the UK Government’s historical under-investment in Welsh rail infrastructure.
Speaking in the Commons Adjournment debate following the decision to proceed with the HS2 rail project, I said “ The announcement of the decision to proceed with HS2 brings the Tory Government’s historical under-investment in Welsh rail infrastructure into sharp and unflattering focus. Wales accounts for 11% of the UK rail network, yet since 2010, we have received only 2% of rail enhancement spending. In the meantime, the UK Government have cancelled electrification to Swansea and blocked the Welsh Government from providing much needed additional cross-border services that would benefit my constituents who commute from Newport and Severn Tunnel Junction to Bristol.”
I added “That disparity in investment needs to be addressed urgently if the Prime Minister’s pledge to ‘level up’ the nations and regions of the UK is to be seen as anything other than grandstanding bluster. Wales has been the forgotten nation on rail infrastructure spending and this must end.”
In the debate I also reiterated her support for a new station for Magor and Undy, paying tribute to the work of the Magor Action Group on Rail.