Transport in Carshalton and Wallington

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:25 pm on 16th June 2020.

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Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport) 8:25 pm, 16th June 2020

I congratulate my hon. Friend Elliot Colburn on securing this debate on transport in his constituency, and on his enlightening, constructive and extremely wide-ranging speech this evening. As a new Member of Parliament, he has a long list of things that he wants to achieve for his constituents. I very much hope to spend some time guiding him down the right routes this evening, because I think he can achieve a number of his ambitions over his hopefully very long tenure in the seat.

I listened very carefully to my hon. Friend’s representations about transport services in Carshalton and Wallington and I will try to address most of them. He represents a fantastic constituency in a borough where I spent my formative political years campaigning. I have very fond memories of those campaigns across the constituencies of my hon. Friend and his neighbour, my hon. Friend Paul Scully. Some of my earliest political friendships were formed in and around my hon. Friend’s constituency: Richard and Lesley Barber; Peter Geiringer, a former councillor—