East West Rail Route Consultation: North East Bedfordshire

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:37 pm on 28th June 2021.

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Photo of Mohammad Yasin Mohammad Yasin Labour, Bedford 7:37 pm, 28th June 2021

I also entered the ballot to speak on behalf of my constituents, but clearly I was not as lucky as the hon. Gentleman. I share his concerns about the environmental impact of East West Rail, which is why I have called for the full electrification of the line. I cannot understand how the Government would even consider building new transport infrastructure into the 2030s without clean energy being the priority. What puzzles me is that route E has been known for at least three years, and the hon. Member—he can correct me if I am wrong—claims to be neutral about routes, but when route E was confirmed in January 2020, he said:

“I am pleased that the government has made this announcement to progress investment in this important rail link.”

Perhaps he can clarify that, and I will come back in.