Bedford and Kempston’s residents depend on strong transport links to get to work, see their families, and connect with the wider community. That is why Labour in government invested heavily in building, improving, and sustaining our area’s infrastructure. Not only is transport about getting to places, but our transport links are essential drivers of Bedford’s economy.
As your MP, I continually made the case for improved rail services, by working with commuters, industry, trade unions, and the government. As part of this effort, I successfully called a debate on the Thameslink Programme in Parliament.
Infrastructure, however, is worthless without good, reliable services provided. That is why I made sure that the rail timetable worked for Bedford commuters. I fought and, eventually, won the battle to re-instate Bedford on the East Midland’s train service to St Pancras.
Strong road transport links are also essential for travel both near and far. I persuaded the government to fund upfront Phase 1 of the bypass. I met with the Prime Minister to urge action on its completion and was ultimately successful.
Additionally, I know that the bus pass is a vital link for many residents in Bedford. Not only does it help pensioners who often survive on low and fixed incomes, but it is an economic benefit for the rest of us — promoting travel to our shops, businesses, and cultural attractions. As your MP, I campaigned strongly for the bus pass and believe it an example of the difference a Labour government can make.
Finally, believing that transport hubs must match the quality of the services which they provide, I led a taskforce to make sure that Bedford’s Station Quarter is fit for 21st century demands.