A Yorkshire MP who met Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin today over plans to electrify part of the rail line to Hull says the scheme could benefit the whole country.
The MP for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart, said the whole country could benefit from an improvement in the network:
Hull North MP Diana Johnson was part of a delegation which met the Transport Secretary earlier today to discuss plans to electrify the rail line between Selby and Hull.
She told Paul Brand that Patrick McLoughlin said the proposals were strong:
A delegation of MPs, councillors and business groups has met with Transport Secretary to make a case for the electrification of the rail line between Selby and Hull.
A financial plan using public and private money has been made and the cross party group of politicians is pushing for the work to be done in time for Hull's year as UK City of Culture in 2017.
A delegation of local councillors and MPs are travelling to London later to meet the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughnlin.
They are to discuss plans to electrify Hull's railway network.
It's proposed to electrify the line from Selby to Hull in a £94m scheme.
A massive engineering operation is underway to shift over one hundred thousand tonnes of soil that's threatening to engulf one of the busiest rail lines in our region.
One of the tracks on the line linking Sheffield with London is closed at Unstone just north of Chesterfield because it's too unstable to use. It's believed recent heavy rain is to blame for the landslip. Martin Fisher has been to see the damage.
There are delays of up to 50 minutes on East Coast services between Kings Cross and Leeds due to overhead line problems at South Elmsall, with no estimate of when a normal service will resume. This is also affecting Northern Rail service.
The government came out fighting today in its campaign to win over those who doubt the benefits of the revolutionary high speed rail link from London to the north.
The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the £40 billion scheme would be a "heart bypass for the clogged arteries" of Britain's transport system.
But many aren't so sure that towns and cities here will benefit from HS2 - including those who'll live nearest to the track.
Chris Kiddey reports.
James Lynch from the So What campaign group
The government has come out fighting in its campaign to win over those who doubt the benefits of the new planned high speed rail link from London to Yorkshire.
The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the forty billion pound scheme would be a "heart bypass for the clogged arteries" of Britain's transport system.
But many of those who heard his words still aren't so sure that towns and cities here in the north will benefit from HS2 - particularly those who'll live nearest to the track.
Residents opposed to the route of HS2 in West Yorkshire have been lobbying councillors in Leeds today. They're from the 'So What' action group representing home owners in Swillington, Oulton and Woodlesford. They want the route of the line moved because they fear their homes will be blighted.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is expected to outline later how the HS2 rail link between London and Yorkshire will improve the economy in the region's towns and cities.