This is an issue I have covered many times before but the link above to an article in the Southport Visiter is well worth a read.
Interesting to see a Tory MP getting involved (although it has to be said that she also voted for the cuts to disability allowances recently on the very very down side) in this issue. To date it has seemed to have fallen to John Pugh the Lib Dem MP for Southport to lead the fight with Rosie Cooper the Labour MP for West Lancashire helping him out, to push this transport issue forward.
But this is not just about Transport because there is every chance that by creating powerful City Regions based on cities like Manchester and Liverpool that surrounding towns and communities will be even more marginalised than they have been previously.
I have posted about how Merseytravel the public transport body for the Liverpool City Region is not stepping up to the plate for Southport. Is that because it is a Liverpool based organisation? Why can’t it stand with Southport folk who are trying to stop their trains to Manchester Piccadilly being re-routed to Manchester Victoria Station? Is it because Southport is not important to Liverpool’s politicians? Sadly I think we all feel we may know the answers to these questions.
So good luck to John Pugh and his rainbow coalition of MP’s in their quest. Without such campaigning everything will get sucked into the major cities. Some devolution deal!