Call for MP debate on state of rail in the north

Cat Smith MP
Cat Smith MP

A bid by a Fylde coast MP to raise the issue of poor trains in the north west turned into a political row.

Labour Fleetwood MP Cat Smith wants to see better carriages running on the network.

Many of my constituents are glad that they do not have to travel on Pacer trains, but those have been replaced by class 37s, which were built in 1960 and are long past their sell-by date

In Parliament, she said: “Many of my constituents are glad that they do not have to travel on Pacer trains, but those have been replaced by class 37s, which were built in 1960 and are long past their sell-by date.

“May I call for a debate on rail in the north and where it is going?”

However, MP Chris Grayling, President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons, replied: “The Labour party has a substantial allocation of Opposition days.

“If it wants a debate on rail in the north, it can choose to have one.

“I simply repeat what I said earlier: in 13 years of Labour government our rail network essentially stood still. It is only under this Government that we are trying to take it forward.”