Updated: Oct 19
Keir Starmer has set out his vision for Lancashire public transport improvements after the Government's recent HS2 decision.
In an Interview with Graham Liver on BBC Lancashire on 12th October, Sir Keir said Lancashire "needs a Government that's alongside them and delivering on levelling up" and is "absolutely committed to improving transport links across Lancashire". He spoke about the need for Levelling Up in Burnley: "They need a Government that's alongside them and delivering on levelling up. The government promised levelling up but then basically walked away from it and we have to crack that. It is going to require much more support for businesses in Burnley and similar places and much better infrastructure. This is local buses and trains." Moving on to local transport infrastructure projects, Starmer said this: "I'm absolutely committed to improving transport links across Lancashire, whether it's trains or buses. I know how vital it is for people, not just keeping in touch but being able to get to work and back." Graham Liver then asked: "So is that a yes to the Colne to Skipton line?" with the Labour leader saying: "We need to look at the logistics of it but I absolutely understand the need for it."