Devizes MP delighted to land transport job in cabinet reshuffle

Devizes MP delighted to land transport job in cabinet reshuffle

Devizes MP Claire Perry

Stephen Hammond, the previous Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport

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Devizes MP Claire Perry is delighted to have become Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport in the cabinet reshuffle today.

She tweeted: "I am so looking forward to being part of the DfT team rebuilding Britain's infrastructure."

Mrs Perry has campaigned for rail electrification beyond Newbury to Bedwyn and she was 'horrified' by recent proposals to stop trains running directly between both Bedwyn and Pewsey and London.

Only a few days ago she wrote to her predecessor Stephen Hammond of her concerns at suggestions in a consultation document that passengers’ needs might be best served if they changed at Newbury or Reading.

She wrote: “Most of my constituents access services at Bedwyn or Pewsey stations, with the majority of commuters travelling to London Paddington. It is vital the service frequency, timing and number of through services are at least as good as now.

“My constituents and I are therefore horrified by the options in the consultation.”

During a visit to Pewsey Station to find out the views of commuters she said: “The most important thing for commuters is that the direct service remains. They do not want to have to change at Newbury or Reading. It makes absolutely no sense.”

The suggestion was in a Department of Transport consultation document on the future of the Great Western franchise. It is put forward as it is likely that electrification of the line from Paddington will extend only as far as Newbury.

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1:43pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Nickthegreek says...

The irony. Three weeks after being 'horrified' & 'electrified' Claire's now on the third rung from the top.
Greasy pole, keep climbing.....
The irony. Three weeks after being 'horrified' & 'electrified' Claire's now on the third rung from the top. Greasy pole, keep climbing..... Nickthegreek
  • Score: 7

6:06pm Tue 15 Jul 14

jezercalne says...

I don't know if her new brief involves cycling, but if so I hope she takes action on the appalling state of the roads in her constituency .
I don't know if her new brief involves cycling, but if so I hope she takes action on the appalling state of the roads in her constituency . jezercalne
  • Score: 10

7:21am Wed 16 Jul 14

politepanda says...

Ha! Just a few short moments after her rant at the "chumocracy" - rife throughout the varying government bodies/ministries - that has protected criminals and paedophiles for decades - she's moved to.....TRANSPORT!!
CHUMOCRACY - alive and well, it would seem.
Ha! Just a few short moments after her rant at the "chumocracy" - rife throughout the varying government bodies/ministries - that has protected criminals and paedophiles for decades - she's moved to.....TRANSPORT!! CHUMOCRACY - alive and well, it would seem. politepanda
  • Score: 3

11:30am Wed 16 Jul 14

Paul Tucker says...

She'll be able to tell them about all those aliens landing in her constituency.
She'll be able to tell them about all those aliens landing in her constituency. Paul Tucker
  • Score: -1

1:45pm Sat 19 Jul 14

brandx says...

Well, it looks like she will now have no time to sort out Wellington Academy that has received yet another poor OFSTED report. All that money spent on a school and with the likes of Claire Perry on its Board of Governors and still it fails and still the headteacher gets the push.
Well, it looks like she will now have no time to sort out Wellington Academy that has received yet another poor OFSTED report. All that money spent on a school and with the likes of Claire Perry on its Board of Governors and still it fails and still the headteacher gets the push. brandx
  • Score: 0

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