Has Rosie Sniffed Out A Tory Bribe?

Rosie Cooper

seems excited about the resurrection of the Skelmersdale railway line and station. She claims to have “Delivered Skelmersdale Railway As Promised”. But is that true?

Various publications, including the Construction News, Guardian, Yorkshire Post, Telegraph, state “Prime Minister announces Beeching Reversal Fund. In a speech relating to spending packages for neglected towns in the UK, the Prime Minister set out plans to finally reverse the railway spending cuts that were recommended by Dr Richard Beeching in the 1960s through the establishment of the Beeching Reversal Fund.

“Through this spending, the Prime Minister will, according to the aforementioned speech, reserve a grand total of approximately £500M for the revitalisation of railways and railway stations, with a proportion of £99M being dedicated to the reinstatement of train stations in Ashington, Seaton Delaval, and Blyth in Northumberland.

“Furthermore, a total of £18M will be allocated to the West Midlands where the stations of Willenhall and Darlaston will be reopened whereas, in the North West, an undisclosed amount of funding will be awarded to connect Skelmersdale to Liverpool and Manchester and an abandoned line will be revitalised to incorporate Thornton-Cleveleys and Fleetwood”.

In a statement Boris Johnson said “For too long, too many towns and villages across Britain have been overlooked and left behind. When the UK voted to leave the EU in 2016, many communities felt their voices had been heard for the first time in decades and that their lives would improve. We will invest in these communities and help people put the heart back into the places they call home”.

Rosie said “The Government has confirmed that Skelmersdale railway station will be built”. So how much money will she confirm out of £500million offered for Beeching Reversal will be used in West Lancashire? It’s going to be spread very thinly among many bids.  Nothing has been delivered yet, just promises promises, or bribe upon bribe?

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