The Government’S Productivity Plan

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:18 pm on 28th February 2017.

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Photo of Amanda Milling Amanda Milling Conservative, Cannock Chase 3:18 pm, 28th February 2017

I am grateful for my hon. Friend’s intervention, and some Members might hope that I do not start to talk about rail in too much detail, because I have spoken about it a lot in the House. My hon. Friend makes an incredibly important point, and one of the issues with the west coast main line is capacity in terms of not only passenger trains but freight trains. That is a key part of the transport infrastructure piece we need to look at. This is about road and rail, among other things.

One question I want to ask the Minister is, what is being done to look at the drivers of this regional disparity so that the different regions can understand what they need to do to address it?