Neil Parish, MP for Tiverton & Honiton, is working hard towards fulfilling his election pledge of a new station at Cullompton.
On Friday, Neil led the Devon & Somerset Metro Group meeting with Rebecca Pow MP. The two South West Conservative MPs are working with local councillors to build progress and momentum towards new stations at Cullompton and Wellington, by extending the Devon Metro project out to rural towns. Both MPs believe connecting rural towns to jobs in our big cities can help drive growth and opportunity throughout the region.
Neil, last week, submitted a Budget proposal to the Chancellor to ask for £15 million in order to get the ball rolling. The station at Cullompton was closed in 1964, but now has a new site to build on and timetabling agreements are also being negotiated with Network Rail. If started now, the project could be completed in 5 years.
Neil said "When we first started meetings regarding this project I had my doubts as to whether we would ever see this get off the ground. But there has been some excellent progress, spearheaded by fantastic dedicated local councillors, so that we are in a great position to get the go-ahead. I am optimistic that then Chancellor and Number 10 will like this project. In all the infrastructure spending taking place, we must have our fair share in the South West!"