plea for improvements to 'forgotten' Highbridge railway station
James Heappey has stepped up his calls for improvements to Burnham
and Highbridge Railway Station during a debate in the House of
town's MP has said during a transport debate in Parliament that
"the station is in a quiet backwater of Somerset and is too
added: "It is on the no-mans-land bit of line between
Taunton and Bristol, which may or may not be electrified."
that station presents a real opportunity, given the frustrations
that so many people in my part of Somerset have in accessing Bristol."
parking could be delivered. There is no disabled access whatsoever
on the Taunton-bound platform when coming across from the car
park, other than by going out on the road and over a bridge with
no traffic lights or anything."
went on to say that improvement would benefit many users of the
opportunity that sits there just waiting to be harnessed, which
would require a relatively small amount of money, is too often
Government have committed a welcome amount of investment to the
south-west. We now need to deliver on what has been committed.
The Government made some exciting promises on rail in the south-west
in their long-term economic plan."
now need to deliver. Although we recognise that the public purse
is stretched, the Government need to come good on the things they
said in the west country during the election campaign and make
it clear that the south-west is a priority for them. We believe
that the Governments majority was made in the south-west."
he added: "Our region has poor infrastructure. The road improvements
that the Government have promised are very welcome. The broadband
improvements that the Government have promised are very welcome.
The rail improvements that the Government have promised are absolutely
vital. I hope that the Minister will agree that it should be a
priority to deliver them in the south-west, and that if money
does not allow for things to be done at the same time, the south-west
will get priority over other regions so that we can catch up with