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High Peak Labour's Caitlin Bisknell was joined by the Shadow Rail Minister Lilian Greenwood MP in Buxton on Thursday 19th March.

Local residents and Labour councillors attended a lively meeting in Buxton to discuss HS2 and the impact of the increase in rail fares which have had a major impact on commuters budgets.

Residents told Caitlin and Lilian that they were concerned that HS2 would have no economic benefits for local communities and that investments to local transport should take priority.  The recent hike in rail fares was also an area of great concern.

Labour's Shadow Rail Minister Lilian Greenwood MP said: ‎"It's clear that Buxton needs high quality rail services, and it was really useful to discuss some of the challenges the area faces with Caitlin Bisknell.

“Under the Conservatives season tickets have gone up by over 20% since 2010, and last year the Government raised the cost of an evening return to Manchester by more than 60% - making life even more difficult for commuters, and damaging Buxton's tourism industry.

“High Peak deserves a better deal and Caitlin is a passionate and effective advocate on behalf of passengers."

Caitlin Bisknell said "A Labour government would reform the railways, simplify the ticketing system and enforce a strict cap on fares on every route.

“It would also give passengers a voice in how the railways are run and stop them getting fleeced at ticket machines by making it a legal right for passengers to be sold the cheapest available ticket for their journey.

“The Coalition government talks about 'fair fares for comfortable commuting' but this is a world away from the reality of using trains to travel in and out of the High Peak"

 

Labour's Shadow Rail Minister visits Buxton

  High Peak Labour's Caitlin Bisknell was joined by the Shadow Rail Minister Lilian Greenwood MP in Buxton on Thursday 19th March. Local residents and Labour councillors attended a lively...


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High Peak Labour's Caitlin Bisknell was joined by the Shadow Secretary of State for Transport Michael Dugher MP in Glossopdale on Friday 20th February.

Local residents and Labour councillors attended a meeting in Tintwistle to discuss the recently announced proposals for the A57 and A628 trans-Pennine route, which exclude Tintwistle and Hollingworth.

Residents told Caitlin and Michael that the proposals would move the congestion and traffic jams a few miles down the road into the village, making the traffic and its associated problems far worse for the Tintwistle residents.

Labour's Shadow Transport Secretary Michael Dugher MP said: “It was great to be able visit Glossopdale, in order to meet Labour’s fantastic PPC Caitlin Bisknell and local residents. Caitlin and residents made it clear to me the problems they face in terms of congestion in this area, they are doing a great job in making their voice heard.”

Caitlin Bisknell said: "This is one of the busiest roads in the country, with huge lorries thundering past people’s front doors every few minutes before traffic comes to a halt on Mottram Moor leading to long delays.  The current proposals are only a partial solution to these problems and could put even more pressure on the village. It does nothing for Tintwistle residents.  I will continue to support local residents to get their voice heard and have Tintwistle included in any planned bypass".

 

 

Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Transport visits Glossopdale

High Peak Labour's Caitlin Bisknell was joined by the Shadow Secretary of State for Transport Michael Dugher MP in Glossopdale on Friday 20th February. Local residents and Labour councillors attended...

Labour’s prospective MP for High Peak has challenged sitting Tory MP Andrew Bingham to come clean on his stance over shale gas and fracking.

High Peak residents are rightly concerned about fracking – Labour listened to those concerns and tabled a series of amendments in the House of Commons – which were backed by MPs, following a massive U-turn by the Government.

In a letter to constituents Mr Bingham says: "The Government listened to concerns and amended the Bill, so consequently it now bans fracking in National Parks - including the Peak District National Park - areas of outstanding natural beauty and in areas where drinking water is collected.... These are genuine and significant amendments and do address some of the concerns that have been raised."

In an open letter to the Tory MP, Caitlin challenges him to explain why, just days later, he supported Tory Government amendments which offer no current clear protection to national parks and drinking water areas, leaving the Peak District National Park and other areas of High Peak open to fracking.

Caitlin said: “I agree with the MP - these were very important and significant changes, especially for High Peak given that most of the constituency sits within or borders upon the Peak District National Park. We also have a number of reservoirs which collect drinking water and, of course, the source of Buxton Mineral Water.

“Why then did he change his mind just a few days later and back government proposals which severely weaken those hard fought for protections? 

“He is very fond of telling everyone that he puts High Peak first – but not for the first time he’s clearly put this Tory Government first, not his constituents.”

 

 

 Text of Caitlin’s letter to Mr Bingham:

  

Dear Andrew

Shale Gas and Fracking

On January 28, in a letter to constituents you wrote:

"The Government listened to concerns and amended the Bill, so consequently it now bans fracking in National Parks - including the Peak District National Park - areas of outstanding natural beauty and in areas where drinking water is collected.... These are genuine and significant amendments and do address some of the concerns that have been raised."

Why then, on February 11 did you support amendments tabled by your Tory Government which offer no current clear protection to national parks and drinking water areas leaving the Peak District National Park and other areas of High Peak open to fracking?

How is this putting High Peak first?

Yours sincerely

Caitlin Bisknell

Labour’s parliamentary candidate for High Peak

Labour’s Caitlin Bisknell challenges MP on fracking

Labour’s prospective MP for High Peak has challenged sitting Tory MP Andrew Bingham to come clean on his stance over shale gas and fracking. High Peak residents are rightly concerned...

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