Wednesday, 20 May 2009

David Williams challenges the Tories to continue Labour's rail investment

“It’s time the Tories told us where the axe will fall on Labour’s rail investment”, said David Williams, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich.
David Cameron pledged swinging cuts across Whitehall, including in the Department for Transport budget. Since then he has promised an “age of austerity” with cuts, more cuts and even more cuts in public spending, but he refuses to say where the axe will fall.

By contrast Labour has invested heavily in the railways and there are more passengers using our trains than at any time since the Second World War. The Government is continuing to invest, with over £20bn in enhanced rail capacity and new and improved trains.

“The contrast could not be more stark”, continued David Williams, “Labour is prepared to invest in our transport infrastructure to help us grow our way out of recession. The Tories are pledged to cut their way out of recession and we in Crewe and Nantwich know exactly what that means.

“The Tories’ privatisation of Crewe Works destroyed thousands of rail manufacturing jobs and brought the industry to its knees. Skills were lost and generations of school leavers missed the opportunity of an engineering apprenticeship. It was exactly what we predicted when I was helping Gwyneth Dunwoody with her anti-privatisation campaign.

“Labour has been rebuilding our railways after chronic Tory under-investment and Railtrack's mismanagement. I am fighting to make sure that Crewe has a railway future, not just a railway past.

“The Tories cannot be trusted to run our railways. If they get back into power, they will immediately cut Labour’s investment in new rolling stock and leave workers at Bombardier high and dry, like they did the last time they were in Government.”

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