Transport Minister, Derek Twigg MP, this Thursday was in West Lancashire, invited by local MP Rosie Cooper to listen to local people talk passionately about local transport challenges as one of the Labour Party’s Let’s Talk events. These events offer local people a chance to debate and discuss local issues with Government Ministers and politicians. This event focused on the specific transport issues here in West Lancashire, such as the Ormskirk bypass, bus services, road safety and rail services.
The Minister sat in on the discussions and heard first hand about the difficulties people from across all areas face on their travels but also what needs to be done to solve the problems.
Derek Twigg MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State said:
“I was delighted to be able to lead this event here in West Lancashire, which is about giving local people and Labour supporters the opportunity to have their say about how strongly they feel about transport in their communities.”
“I know there are some real transport issues in West Lancashire from the frequent questions Rosie raises in Parliament and with the Department for Transport. I am fully aware of just how committed she is bringing about transport improvements here in West Lancashire.”
Rosie Cooper said:
“Transport is one of the major issues alongside health that needs to be addressed in West Lancashire. We have particular issues in West Lancashire because we have both urban and rural transport challenges. Much of the focus when it comes to transport is on the big cities like Liverpool, Manchester and Preston. Our problem is the sit we sit on the edge of each of these areas without being part of any one of them.”
“I know well the problems we face locally but this was an opportunity for the Minister to hear an open and honest debate about how these issues affect people. I know he went away with a strong sense of how passionate people are about transport and how they want to see solution to the problems.”