Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, today (15 November 2016), welcomes the Government's announcement on its preferred route for High Speed 2. The announcement from the Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling MP, explained how the HS2 project will bring jobs and support prosperity in the West Midlands by doubling the number of trains per hour coming in and out of Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, while nearly trebling the number of intercity seats.
Today's statement included an announcement of a £900m contract awarded for preparatory work on the London to West Midlands route. This significant announcement demonstrates the Government's clear intentions to see the project through and deliver for the West Midlands. Karen believes HS2 will subsequently provide a significant boost to the Midlands Engine strategy of which Redditch will be a fundamental part.
Karen said "The essential modernisation of the railway system brings exciting opportunities for Redditch by providing more, and higher quality jobs, and greater connectivity both North and South. I am absolutely clear an outdated rail system cannot support modern growth, which is why I support the government's plans for HS2."
"Both businesses and residents in Redditch stand to benefit from a quicker, more frequent and less congested rail system. I will continue to ask parliamentary questions, and work with Andy Street, the conservative candidate for the Midlands Mayor, to make sure HS2 delivers the best possible outcomes for Redditch and the West Midlands."
Statement on Westminster attack
Following the attack on police and members of the public in central London yesterday (Wednesday, 22 March 2017), Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County commented as follows:
"Yesterday was a very sad day for the people of our country, particularly in London, and my first thoughts are with those who were killed or injured and their families.
"Westminster is the seat of one of the oldest and most respected Governments in the world, and upholds values of free speech, liberty, human rights, and the rule of law – values shared by free people around the world. Amongst the bloodshed of yesterday, we must never waiver from our resolve to beat the terrorists.
"I, along with many MPs, actually knew PC Keith Palmer, the policeman who died, because he was often the first friendly face we would see when entering the Parliamentary estate. I often shared a morning joke with him. My deepest sympathies lie with his family and those of others killed or injured."
Karen was not in Parliament yesterday as she is currently still at home in Redditch recovering from her illness.
Get in touch with Karen's office if you'd like to meet with her. Due to high demand surgeries are by appointment only to make sure there is time to give every case the attention needed.
See her upcoming surgery dates here.