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Infrastructure: Northern Lincolnshire

Prime Minister – in the House of Commons on 23rd October 2019.

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Photo of Martin Vickers Martin Vickers Conservative, Cleethorpes

What plans he has to (a) encourage investment in and (b) improve the transport infrastructure of northern Lincolnshire.

Photo of Boris Johnson Boris Johnson The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party

We will invest in infrastructure in every corner of the UK, including spending £13 billion on transport in the north of the country.

Photo of Martin Vickers Martin Vickers Conservative, Cleethorpes

I thank my right hon. Friend for his reply. Three things that would encourage investment in northern Lincolnshire and boost the local economy are free port status for the Humber ports, improved access to those ports by upgrading the A15 between Lincoln and the A180, and improved east-west rail freight connections. Will my right hon. Friend confirm his support for those proposals?

Photo of Boris Johnson Boris Johnson The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party

I can indeed confirm support for those proposals. I well remember meeting my hon. Friend and his constituents in a corridor in Portcullis House, and they raised with me the issue of the railway crossing at Suggitt’s Lane. I assure my hon. Friend that Suggitt’s Lane is never far from my thoughts and that, in addition to the other pledges I have made today, I have undertakings from the Department of Transport that it will seek to find a solution and a safe means for pedestrians to cross that railway line.