West Cornwall MP, Andrew George, welcomed today’s confirmation of the Government’s commitment to upgrade all trains for services into and through Cornwall with brand new Hitachi and commuter trains.
Mr George led a Parliamentary petition for investment and improvements for intercity rail services from Penzance. The campaign has already won a £multimillion upgrade for signalling, the sleeper service and a Train Care Centre at Long Rock – announced last year. The train upgrade confirmed today will help to secure the services and place them on a pathway to improvement over the next four years.
Mr George said, “Train passengers have had to endure unacceptable standards in recent months. These upgrades are long overdue. If the Government can commit £multibillion funds for high speed services from London to the North then it’s not too much to ask that we receive improvements which tackle the problems of comfort, reliability, overcrowding and competitive ticket pricing on routes to and through Cornwall.”