Improving Transport

We are building a transport system that benefits the whole of Britain:

  • We are committed to the Northern Powerhouse, and to giving the great towns and cities of the North more say over transport investment through Transport for the North. We are spending a record £13 billion to transform transport across the north - the biggest transport investment in the region for a generation.

  • Undertaking the biggest rail programme since Victorian times. We have recently announced that £48 billion will be spent between 2019 and 2024, we are delivering HS2, and Crossrail which will carry 200 million passengers in 2019, the Great North Rail Project delivering room for 40,000 new passengers and upgrades to the Trans-Pennine route. In addition, the Budget announced a new £1.7 billion Transforming Cities Fund which will inevitably involve some rail investment.[1]

  • Investing over £1 billion improving the rail infrastructure across the North of England in the next five years. We will invest £340 million in the Liverpool City Region between now and 2019 to provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for local and national passengers. We are providing Transport for the North with £50 million and have committed £150 million to roll out smart ticketing across the north to make journeys quicker, easier and more comfortable.

  • Improving roads across the country by investing £23 billion by the end of the decade. We are committed to investing £23 billion by 2020-21. In addition, our new National Productivity Investment Fund includes £1.1 billion funding for projects to improve our existing road network and £220 million to relieve congestion, so families can travel more quickly and safely.

Transport in Swindon:

As your local MP, I have worked to make transport in and around Swindon, safe, efficient and fast.

I will continue working hard to secure the continued investment in our town’s road network, such as the Thamesdown Drive extension.

My record so far:

  • I have helped to secure £16.5m of improvements to M4 Junctions 15 and 16, which will be delivered over the next few years.
  • I have pushed for £357,000 for pothole and road repairs in the last two years.
  • I have worked to secure funding for a new bus station, which will be delivered soon.
  • I helped to secure £7 billion for the modernisation and electrification of the Great Western Mainline and the redoubling of the Swindon to Kemble line.

The Conservative Government is undertaking the biggest modernisation programme for a generation to bring our roads into the 21st century and give people the safe and reliable journeys they expect. The Highways England road improvement schemes will create more than 3,000 homes for people in the south west and 6,000 jobs, giving a huge boost to the local economy.