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Nick spearheads campaign for South Coast Main Line Railway

January 23, 2015

Nick with former Transport Minister Norman Baker MP at Rye Station

On the eve of MP Amber Rudd’s second rail summit in Hastings (30 January) Nick Perry, the Lib Dem candidate for MP in Hastings & Rye, has launched an audacious campaign for a South Coast main line railway stretching from Southampton to Ashford.

The 38 year old, who was re-selected last year to fight the seat‎ for the Lib Dems, has submitted a motion to the Party’s pre-General Election Conference, to be held in Liverpool in March.

Lewes Lib Dem MP and former Transport Minister Norman Baker has backed the motion, which seeks to bolster sustainable economic development across the coastal towns of the South Coast.

Publishing an article on Lib Dem Voice (an influential national blog),

Nick said,

‘This railway would have a direct positive impact on the economies of at least thirty constituencies along the South Coast.

‘We already have support from Dover to Gosport, and Fareham via Brighton and Lewes. We need to think East-West as well as North-South, and we consider that this bold proposal would send a strong message about Liberal Democrat commitment to the less advantaged people and areas along the South Coast, and to the objectives of sustainable economic development.

‘We must build on the work of the Parliament just gone. Not only in terms of proving that Lib Dems can deliver policy in Government, but also explaining how policy areas overlap, because the Liberal Democrat narrative of positive and negative freedoms neatly join up areas of policy. A progressive, joined up, stakeholder recovery: that’s what our country is crying out for.’

Responding to the initiative, Ray Chapman, Co-Chairman of East Sussex Rail Alliance, said:

‘The fundamental elements of the South Coastal communities regeneration are the bringing together of new enterprise and investments with a more mobile workforce, which both can be delivered by the South Coast Main Line development. The more the support, the greater the dividends that this crucial rail scheme can deliver.‎’

Lib Dem Spring Conference will be staged in Liverpool between 13-15 March.


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