Rebecca Taylor, Lib Dem MEP for Yorkshire has used the annual party conference to lobby LibDem Transport Minister, Norman Baker MP, for improvements to the rail service for the region. Rebecca is behind a campaign to reopen a rail line between Skipton in North Yorkshire and Colne in East Lancashire, known as SELRAP (Skipton East Lancashire Rail Action Partnership).
While there have been announcements about improvements for public transport from the government over the last two years, Rebecca believes that reopening this route would bring economic, social and environmental benefits to both residents and businesses in the area. She is working alongside fellow North West Lib Dem MEP, Chris Davies, in backing the call for reopening of the line.
Lib Dem conference gave an ideal opportunity for the Yorkshire MEP to raise the case with the Transport Minister, as well as push for improvements to the transport network across the area more generally.
Commenting on the meeting, Rebecca said,
“I am very pleased to have been able to meet the Minister and raise Yorkshire’s profile up the agenda of the government. I am keen to see major investment in Yorkshire’s transport infrastructure and reopening the line across the Pennines is one part of that. The Minister was receptive to the ideas we raised and I will be following up on this matter in the weeks and months to come.”