Philip Dunne welcomes the Government announcement on improving access to high-speed internet in rural areas and calls for better connectivity on the rail network.
I echo the wide welcome for my right hon. Friend’s announcement from those Government Members who represent rural constituencies, as well as from some Opposition Members, excluding those on the shadow Front Bench, who do not know what “rural” means. My right hon. Friend referred to the emergency services network and making massive improvements to coverage in the road network, which is excellent. Could she also encourage the operators to improve the signal on our rail network? Many of us are unable to work while travelling to and from this place by rail.
I thank my right hon. Friend for that challenge. He is right; improving rail connectivity remains a significant ambition. I have spoken to the Secretary of State for Transport about that. There are some other challenges, but we are working out how we can do that. I am pleased to say that in the latest franchise, there was a greater requirement for on-board connectivity, and I hope that we will be able to see that throughout the network.
I am not currently a Member of Parliament as Parliament has been dissolved until after the General Election on 12th December 2019. This website will not be updated during the election campaign and is for reference of my work when I was a Member of Parliament.
To contact me during the campaign please call my campaign office on 01584 872187 or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
or complete my survey during this period at www.tellphilip.com. You can also follow me on Twitter at @Dunne4Ludlow and Facebook at @Dunne4Ludlow.
Click here to signup to my newsletter.