Julian asks the Treasury to confirm that they are ready to grant final funding to build a new station in Haxby
December 7, 2021
Julian has today raised the progress of the funding to build a new station in Haxby with Simon Clarke MP, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Julian pointed to the importance of local rail connections to regional growth and stressed that connecting more towns to the network should be a key focus of the Government’s wider rail strategy.
This week, City of York Council is poised to select the preferred site for the new Haxby station, having worked closely on the development of the plans with Network Rail, assisted by an initial funding allocation of £400,000 from the Department for Transport.
Today, Julian sought confirmation of earlier assurances given to him by the Chancellor that final funding would be forthcoming for the building of the station once the current planning phase has been concluded.
In response, the Minister assured Julian that the Treasury and the Department for Transport would continue to offer their full support for the scheme.
After speaking in the Chamber, Julian said:
“With the recent interest in the Government’s Integrated Rail Plan, it is important to remember that levelling-up is not just about the large-scale infrastructure projects. The Government also needs to continue its focus on connecting smaller towns and nearby villages to the rail network. The long-anticipated station at Haxby will do exactly this for thousands of people in the surrounding area who must currently use increasingly congested local roads to travel to York.
In the Chamber today, it was good to hear the Chief Secretary reaffirm the Government’s commitment to supporting the delivery of Haxby station. I am confident that with the plans well developed and the selection of a site imminent, the final Government funding announcement will soon be forthcoming and I will continue to press Ministers for confirmation on this.”