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Save Suggitt's Lane level crossing
I am completely opposed to Network Rail's decision to close the level crossing. I have made this clear to Network Rail but it is clear that they are determined to push ahead.
There is evidently strong opposition to this plan locally, from me, residents and the Council, yet Network Rail have ignored us at every stage. I have raised the matter in the House of Commons several times and have secured the support of the Rail Minister and Prime Minister.
Earlier this year, I presented the Minister and House of Commons with a petition, led by Lynn Sayles and signed by 4,000 local residents who are opposed to the closure.
I argue for an immediate reopening of the crossing, perhaps with additional safety measures in place, followed by a consultation with the local community to find a more permanent solution that meets Networks Rail’s safety criteria. It is also essential to find a solution that does not lead to an unnecessary cost for the taxpayer.
Freeport Status for Immingham's Port
As Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Freeports, I advocate the creation of freeports across the United Kingdom once we have left the European Union.
ABP's port at Immingham would see a significant boost if it were granted freeport status. But much more than being a policy for one particular business, the benefits of such a move would be vast for our local economy.
Local businesses have expressed their support for this policy and I had the pleasure of leading a delegation to meet government ministers to advance discussions.
It is too early to claim victory, but I was delighted to hear the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, commit to freeports as part of his agenda.
Direct Rail Services from Cleethorpes to London
The Government has repeatedly pointed out that if we are to improve the local economy and extend growth, we will need greater transport connectivity.
Calls for regular direct services are supported by local businesses, the chamber of commerce and the two local enterprise partnerships to which the local authorities belong.
The Humber region has the largest port complex in the country, two of the six major oil refineries, and is developing the offshore renewables sector - all of which would greatly benefit from a direct service.
Local residents are also hugely supportive of the suggestion which would reduce journey times and make travelling to the capital, or cities along the route, far more convenient.
At present, the best hope of achieving a direct service seems to be extending the Lincoln - London service.