North Cornwall’s MP Scott Mann is calling on local campaign group Connect Bude to make a bid for funding under Great Western Railway’s Customer and Communities fund. Awards from the £800k pot which is available for bids nationwide, were recently won by two other rail projects in the area. As the Government has already talked about working to create better links around the country, maybe the SW should be in for a shout. A train would be good too, and it should be obvious to anyone here that one is needed. However, as the SW seems to have to campaign for better transport links, then fingers crossed for Connect Bude.
Scott Mann MP said: “Having been a supporter of Connect Bude since their first ever meeting in 2016 it gave me great pleasure to see how their recent leaflet campaign has captured the public imagination. Bringing rail services back to Bude-Stratton is a long-term vision I share, and I would like to see Connect Bude make a bid under the next round of GWR’s Customer and Communities Improvement Fund for a feasibility study.
“This year two other North Cornwall bids were awarded funds, so I believe that if Bude comes together to support a future application we could have a very good chance of securing funding for a feasibility study.
“Connect Bude have done a fantastic job over the last three years and this could really allow us to take the next step in reintroducing rail services.“
Along with rail connections Scott is also working hard in Westminster to push for a bypass on the A39 at Camelford, a scheme he sees as key to North Cornwall’s future.