PM's promise on safeguarding the city's vital rail link
DAVID Cameron has pledged the Government will do everything it can to safeguard Plymouth's vital rail link despite the threat from flooding.
The Prime Minister was responding to a call for assurances by Gary Streeter, Tory MP for South West Devon, that the region would not be cut off again after the mainline was recently swept away causing severe disruption.
Raising the issue with the Prime Minister during his weekly question time in the Commons, Mr Streeter said: "I know he is aware of the extreme flooding suffered in the West Country in November and December last year, impacting on many homes and businesses and sweeping away the rail link between the west country and London, leaving us cut off for several days. Will he please ensure that our Government take every step necessary to improve the resilience of this vital rail link so that we never get cut off again?"
Responding, Mr Cameron said he was "well aware" of how bad the flooding was adding: "I know the Secretary of State for Transport has discussed the recent flooding with Network Rail's chair and chief executive, and he will visit the area soon to look at this. We are working with Network Rail to improve the resilience of the overall network and we will do everything we can to ensure that these important services are maintained, even when they are challenged by floods such as those we saw last year."
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