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Calls for rail franchise debate

A south Lakes MP is calling for a Parliamentary debate on the future of the West Coast main line railway and any future franchise award.

The new franchise will run for 14 years until introduction of the first phase of the high speed rail line in 2026.

Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron says he wants a debate to ensure prices are not increased while services reduced.

He said: "I am prepared to back the bidder who offers the best deal for our area.

"I am calling for a parliamentary debate on the matter so we can make sure local residents are heard loudly and clearly in Westminster."

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