David Laws calls for upgrades to the Exeter to Salisbury Railway

David Laws, MP for Yeovil constituency, has called for the double tracking of the railway line from Salisbury to Exeter. The line, which serves passengers travelling to and from the South West, is currently only a single track and this can cause severe delays when any problems arise.

Commenting, Mr. Laws said:

‘At present, the rail services in our region are not good enough. The Exeter to Salisbury line should be twin track to help avoid delays on this key route.

‘The fact that the line is single tracked causes real problems in itself, and exaggerates any delays for passengers when things do go wrong. If a train breaks down, or a signal fails, all the trains on the line are affected.

‘It is imperative that we double track the line from Salisbury to Exeter. This would provide much needed durability to the line, cutting delays and helping passengers who use the service regularly and tourists who want to visit our beautiful region.

‘As part of the Autumn Statement last year we managed to secure investment to upgrade the A303 and the A358, and I am delighted that one of the major roads serving the South West will now be dualled. However, we need not only first class roads but high quality rail services and a transport infrastructure which is fit for purpose. Double tracking the railway line from Salisbury to Exeter would be a big step in the right direction, and would help to give rail passengers in Yeovil and the South West the service they deserve. I will go on raising this issue with the relevant Ministers.’     

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Notes to Editors:

For further information please contact Alec Newton in the Office of David Laws MP on 020 7219 8413 or david.laws.mp@parliament.uk