Cornwall Council Leader John Pollard has welcomed assurances from the Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin over Government support for maintaining transport links in the South West.
Earlier today Mr Pollard and Sandra Rothwell, representing the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, joined with the Leaders of other south west councils and LEPs in Plymouth to meet the Secretary of State to discuss the issue of the rail line at Dawlish and other transport issues.
“This was a very useful meeting in which the minister listened carefully to our concerns over the impact of the closure of the rail line at Dawlish and assured us that the money for repairs would not be an issue” said Mr Pollard.
“We also received confirmation that at present Network Rail were maintaining their previously stated six week target for repairing and re opening the rail line”.
Other measures agreed at the meeting to help support travel links to and from Cornwall included:
• More daily flights from Newquay
• A 25% reduction in rail fares
“Everyone is working together to ensure that travel is made as easy and convenient as possible during this interruption to the network. “ said Mr Pollard.
“The key message is that Cornwall remains open for business.”