In recent weeks I’ve been working with my Parliamentary colleagues across north Nottinghamshire to press Government for investment in our local transport infrastructure.
I met with the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling MP, who you may remember came to visit the area and see the problems with the A60 junction at Sainsbury’s first hand earlier in the year, along with Sherwood MP Mark Spencer and Newark’s Robert Jenrick MP.
We raised our shared hope that we can see improvements in north Nottinghamshire key road networks, both the A614 and A617, which has the prospect to unlock some of the area’s economic potential.
Improvements to the A617 near Rainworth in particular could open up sites for employment and industry, which would bring jobs to our area.
I also, of course, raised the ongoing issue of the A60 Sainsbury’s junction.
The county council is putting together options and costings for this project and as soon as they are available I will be talking to Government about where we might find the funds to make these improve-ments.
Mark and I in particular are obviously very keen to see the Robin Hood Line proposals we’ve been talking about for many years move forward.
Extending the line along existing but disused tracks out from Warsop through Edwinstowe and Ollerton would open up rail links with new jobs for local people on the old pit sites at Thoresby and Welbeck.
It would also be easier for visitors to come to Sherwood Forest.
Adding trains on to this network would also improve the service from Mansfield to Nottingham and could mean twice as many commuter trains running along that route.
In the longer term, it also offers the opportunity to link up with HS2 at Chesterfield, so, along with Mark Spencer, I’m very keen to see this plan come to fruition.
Local Conservative MPs are raising local needs with Government and making sure everyone in Westminster knows what our transport priorities are, to give us the best chance of delivering for north Nottinghamshire as a whole.