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Topical Questions

Part of Transport – in the House of Commons on 24th October 2019.

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Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will recognise the work that has been done on this issue by other Members of Parliament, including my hon. Friend Andrew Stephenson and my right hon. Friend Julian Smith. The feasibility work is still in progress, and we are pressing further to assess whether the proposed scheme can be made affordable, will attract sufficient traffic and is part of the right long-term solution for all trans-Pennine rail traffic. The hon. Gentleman will have seen that the issue featured in the rail network enhancements pipeline publication earlier this week.