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Nick tells Marshlink Action Group about Lib Dem investment plans

March 23, 2015

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I was delighted to attend the Marshlink Action Group annual general meeting at Rye Town Hall on Friday evening, chaired professionally as ever by Stuart Harland.

I am so grateful for the informed and activist way in which this group of people keep the public transport infrastructure needs of the (East of the) constituency right at the top of the political agenda.

There was a great presentation from Network Rail’s Lisa Goodman – telling us the exciting plans for the extension of HS1 in 2019-24.  And there was an energetic presentation from Ray Chapman – Chair of the East Sussex Rail Alliance – which focused on a South Coast Mainline Railway.  I am pleased to say that Liberal Democrats were mentioned positively in dispatches for the work we have done in leading and supporting this campaign.

I was pleased as well, at the end of the meeting, to explain the implications of the Budget a couple of days before.  Liberal Democrats have now published their fiscal plans for the coming Parliament.  I am delighted to say that we will have balanced the books by the financial year 2017-18 and so we will have billions more to invest in capital infrastructure than the Conservatives will, given their rigid, ideological commitment to austerity.

I was happy to explain to the gathered number that in order to ensure the spend needed for the extension of HS1 to our constituency, they might need to vote for it!

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