Infrastructure: South-West

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th November 2018.

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Photo of Steve Double Steve Double Conservative, St Austell and Newquay 12:00 am, 6th November 2018

What steps he is taking to provide funding for infrastructure in the South West.

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Exchequer Secretary

Plymouth and the West of England Combined Authority will benefit from the £2.5 billion Transforming Cities fund extended in the Budget. Cornwall will receive £79 million towards the A30 St Austell link road, which my hon. Friend campaigned for.

Photo of Steve Double Steve Double Conservative, St Austell and Newquay

I thank the Minister for that answer, but Cornwall relies on its only mainline rail link through south Devon, and it is well documented that it is very vulnerable to adverse weather. The Budget Red Book contained a reference to improving that rail link, but some in the south-west have doubted the Government’s commitment to it. Can the Minister confirm that the Government are committed to improving that railway, and that we now need Network Rail to get on with it?

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Exchequer Secretary

Protecting the line at Dawlish is a national priority. South-west Conservative MPs, including my hon. Friend, pressed that upon the Chancellor and I, and we restated our commitment in the Budget to finding a permanent solution that delivers super-resilience at Dawlish.