Shadow Rail Minister Lilian Greenwood MP visited Coalville on Monday to see for herself the importance of reopening the National Forest Line and talk about how a Labour Government would make it easier to reopen railway lines.
Labour parliamentary candidate for North West Leicestershire Jamie McMahon is committed to campaigning for the reopening the National Forest Line for passengers if elected MP in May. Jamie hosted Lilian at Coalville level crossing.
The National Forest line would link Leicester with Burton, running through Coalville and Ashby. North West Leicestershire is one of the only constituencies in the Country not to have a single railway station. Last year the Campaign for Better Transport placed the National Forest Line on their 'priority list' as a 'missing link that would make the network work better'.
Labour parliamentary candidate Jamie McMahon said:
“It was great to host Lilian in Coalville. Reopening the National Forest Line with stops in Coalville and Ashby would make a big difference to local people. The fact that our towns are being forced to grow but our transport infrastructure remains stagnant is a disgrace.
If I’m MP after May I will be forever ambitious for our area and that’s why I’ll work tirelessly if I’m MP for North West Leicestershire after May to succeed where others have failed and get our train line reopened.”
Lilian Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Rail Minister, said:
“It’s clear that this project would make a huge difference to North West Leicestershire. Jamie is a really strong advocate for reopening the National Forest Line and we had a constructive discussion about the way forward. He made it clear just how much the return of rail services would mean to people in Coalville, Ashby and other communities on the line.
“Previous plans to reopen the route failed after the botched Tory privatisation of rail. The railways are still too fragmented, which is why Labour is determined to reform them and give local communities more of a say over services and investment.”