High speed rail gets East Dunbartonshire residents’ support

A majority of East Dunbartonshire residents support government investment in high speed rail between London and the north of England, according to local MP Jo Swinson’s latest e-consultation.

The current proposals – for a ‘Y’ shaped high-speed route between London and Birmingham, and London to Manchester and Leeds – were supported by three quarters of respondents, many of whom also agreed the rail links should continue north to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

While 25% of respondents disagreed with the current high speed rail project, many said they would support a high speed route running all the way from London to Scotland.

Commenting, Jo Swinson said:

“These results highlight the strong support here in East Dunbartonshire for high speed rail, which would benefit passengers, businesses and the local economy alike – as well as achieving vital cuts in carbon emissions by reducing air travel.

“Many people – including some of those who opposed the current plans – would prefer the Government to look at a full London to Scotland high speed link. With over 350 replies, I have now submitted East Dunbartonshire residents’ valuable feedback to the government consultation, and I will be seeking opportunities in Parliament to put this important case to Minister for extending high speed rail to Scotland.”

For more information on Jo’s e-consultations and to join her mailing list, seewww.joswinson.org.uk/econsultation

For more information on high speed rail, see www.dft.gov.uk/topics/high-speed-rail/

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