On Thursday 2nd July 2015 the Bishop of St Albans, Rt Revd Alan Smith, received a written answer to a question to Government about reopening rural rail lines.
The Lord Bishop of St Albans To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the evidence recently published in the Campaign to Protect Rural England report Rural Reconnections: The social benefits of rail reopening.
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon The Government is investing record amounts in building a world-class rail network across Great Britain, helping to create jobs, boost businesses, and secure long-term economic growth in every part of the country. We have asked the Peninsula Rail Task Force of local authorities and other key stakeholders in the South West to advise the Government of its strategic and local priorities for rail for the South-West of England for the period up until 2034. The report is expected by June 2016. The Campaign to Protect Rural England report is a useful contribution to the work of the Task Force.