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Simon Fell welcomes Transport Secretary to Barrow and Furness

Simon Fell with Chris Grayling at Barrow Train Station.
Simon Fell with Chris Grayling at Barrow Train Station.

[S]imon Fell, the Conservative challenger for Barrow and Furness, today welcomed the Transport Secretary to the area to see first-hand the transport issues that Furness faces.

Simon visited key sites on the A595, A590 and at Barrow Rail Station with Chris Grayling to discuss the problems facing commuters, locals, businesses and tourists when travelling to and from Furness.

Simon Fell with Chris Grayling at Dove Ford Farm on the A595 with Trudy Harrison, Candidate for Copeland.
Simon Fell with Chris Grayling at Dove Ford Farm on the A595 with Trudy Harrison, Candidate for Copeland.

Speaking after the visit, Simon said: “I was very grateful to Chris for taking time out to visit Barrow and Furness. The Secretary of State immediately saw the issues that Furness faces and has pledged to work with me to improve our vital infrastructure.

“This isn’t just about shaving time off a commute. It’s about making journeys safer, more reliable, and attracting new businesses and families to our area.

Simon Fell with Chris Grayling and James Airey, Leader of the largest party on Cumbria County Council at Cross-a-Moor on the A590
Simon Fell with Chris Grayling and James Airey, Leader of the largest party on Cumbria County Council at Cross-a-Moor on the A590

“Our roads are outdated and we simply don’t have a viable rail service at present. It’s simply staggering that the Labour candidate last raised the Furness Rail as an issue in parliament in 2014. Almost every day, we suffer delays and cancellations but yet nothing of substance has been done. It’s time for action, not protest.

“The Secretary of State agreed immediately to look at what was causing the issues and work with me to find a solution. Delivering for Furness is about more than protest, it’s about working constructively with others to deliver long term solutions.”

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