07 FEB 2018

Protecting High Speed Rail in Maidstone

Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald has taken the fight to protect Maidstone's High Speed Rail Service to the top in a meeting with the Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling MP.

Helen met with Mr Grayling in a one on one meeting in Parliament this week to make him aware of the enormous local concern over the threat to the Service. She explained to him that the service is critical to the everyday lives of those who use it.

Speaking after the meeting Helen said, 'I know that for my constituents who use it this service is a crucial part of their everyday lives, getting them into work quickly and conveniently. Now that we have it, we simply cannot do without it.

I made the importance of the service clear to the Secretary of State and told him of my anger that it once again feels like Maidstone is being put to the back of the queue, especially in the wake of the recent delay to the city Thameslink service.

Mr Grayling is now, without doubt, clear about the impact that this would have upon local people and has offered reassurance that the people of Maidstone will not be worse off under the new franchise agreement. I will, of course, continue to keep up the pressure on the Government as the franchise process progresses.'

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