The Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport, committed to improving Stoke-on-Trent’s rail and road links on a visit to the city.
The Secretary of State was invited to Stoke-on-Trent by Jack Brereton MP, Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent South, who demonstrated the inadequacy of the current rail services on the North Staffordshire Crewe-Derby line by taking the Secretary of State on a packed rush-hour train from Stoke to Longton. Jack also joined by Councillors from Stoke-on-Trent City Council in explaining the challenges facing the local road network.
The Secretary of State said:
“Jack has been very assiduous since his election in talking to me about the needs in Stoke-on-Trent.
“I have come to visit the station to talk to Jack and council leaders to work out how the city can best to take advantage of new funding available.”
“I am determined to get better services for the people of Stoke-on-Trent South on the rail network, and to secure vital funding to improve our local transport.
“I am really pleased that the Secretary of State was able to visit, and he has assured me that we will get our fair share of investment and the cramped, infrequent service on the North Staffordshire line will be improved.”
Jack continues to promote his petition for better services on the line.