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Government Slammed For Ignoring Cumbria In New HS2 Plans

The government is under fire for completely ignoring Cumbria, after new plans showed that HS2 trains from London will pass through the county without stopping.

A new report from the government has revealed that London trains will not stop between Preston and Glasgow or Edinburgh, forcing Cumbrian passengers to change trains.

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has tabled a motion in Parliament calling on the Government to amend these plans so that high speed trains will stop at Oxenholme, Penrith and Carlisle.

He said: “All of us in Cumbria have helped pay the huge bills for building HS2, but all we will see of those fast trains is a blur as they speed through our county without even stopping.

“This is a huge slap in the face from the Government – especially for local businesses.

“I have put down a motion to Parliament calling for HS2 fast trains to stop at Oxenholme and other Cumbrian stations.

“After London, the Lake District is Britain's biggest visitor destination - it is simply madness not to have the new fast trains stopping here.”

Mr Farron's EDM was as follows:

"That this House believes that direct access to new high speed transport connections would bring huge benefits to businesses in Cumbria; notes in particular that the Lake District is Britain's biggest visitor destination after London, and so access to the high speed rail line would be hugely advantageous to the area's tourism economy; strongly regrets therefore that there are currently no plans for HS2 trains to stop at Oxenholme, Penrith or Carlisle stations; expresses concern that no direct access to HS2 high speed trains would be bad for local businesses and the tourism and hospitality industry in particular; and calls on the Government to amend HS2 plans so that high speed trains will stop at these stations."

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