Neil Parish MP: Tranport Questions

Neil Parish MP uses Department for Transport Questions in the House of Commons to make the case for greater road and railway infrastructure in the West Country.

Neil Parish (Tiverton and Honiton) (Con): There is no doubt in my mind that the West Country is the most important part of the country. At the moment, not only do we have problems with the main rail down through Dawlish and Exeter, but we need to upgrade the Exeter to Waterloo line. We also need that second arterial road route, the A30-A303, to ensure that we get access to the West Country

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport (Mr Robert Goodwill): I can tell my hon. Friend that the A30-A303 corridor is one of the six strategic routes into which we are trying to get some investment. It is a very important route, and, as we have seen from the vulnerability of the rail line, it is one on which we need to concentrate. I am aware that there are some environmental issues in the Stonehenge area and the Blackdown hills, so we need to be sensitive in the way that we deliver the improvements.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 6 February 2014, c412)