Investment in Infrastructure

My Pledge:

  • Working with local councils to deliver better transport, parking and recreational facilities
  • Further investment in our coastal railway and new road schemes
  • Working with the Peninsula Rail Task Force to make sure the 20 year plan is implemented


What I Have Delivered So Far:

  • The Government has committed £10 million to prepare the railway for future resilience work.
  • The Peninsula Rail Task Force have produced their 20 year plan that the Government is currently looking at in preparation for Control Period 6.
  • The South Devon Highway has been opened and has significantly reduced the burden on Kingskerswell, allowing traffic to run more smoothly between Torquay and Newton Abbot.
  • The Drumbridges Road scheme was completed in December 2015 easing traffic congestion.
  • A geotechnical report has been commissioned to explore sustainability issues affecting the Dawlish sea wall, the Teignmouth cliffs and related issues. It will report in April 2016.
  • The investment needed for the Peninsula Rail Task Force to complete its report on a rail strategy for the next 20 years has now been committed by GWR
  • Flood defence schemes are currently being delivered in Teigngrace, Cockwood, Newton Abbot, Dawlish Warren, Starcross and Combeinteignhead.
  • Further development work is planned to start this summer at the Point Car Park, Teignmouth.
  • Fish Quay’s development in Teignmouth is nearing completion
  • Development of the pavilion in Teignmouth on the site of the Charlton Theatre has been completed


Dawlish Rail Line Meeting with Chris Grayling

I was delighted to meet with Chris Grayling on Tuesday to discuss the Dawlish line and make sure it is still on his agenda post-election. He reassured me that he is still committed to delivering for the South West and that he urgently wants to address the Teignmouth Cliffs.

Good Transport Really Matters!

One of the biggest concerns people talk to me about is transport. In a rural area like ours we need a good train service, good road connections and a reliable bus service. But we also need motorist friendly policies as despite all of that, we are very dependent on our cars.

CrossCountry Services Petition

On Tuesday (29th November) Kevin Foster, Sarah Wollaston and I met with CrossCountry trains to discuss the proposed cuts to their services in the South West.