29 November 2021
MP calls for funding for Ivanhoe Line

Andrew Bridgen calls on Government to look at funding to reopen the Ivanhoe line in North West Leicestershire.

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

What conversations is my right hon. Friend having with the Department for Transport with regard to restoring your railway funding, in particular for the reopening of the Ivanhoe line in North West Leicestershire, where we currently have no railway stations at all?

Michael Gove (The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

I was unaware that there were no railway stations in North West Leicestershire. For the citizens of Ashby de la Zouch and other communities, transport connectivity is as important as it is for citizens elsewhere. I will look at whether the Ivanhoe line can secure the investment it needs. I know my hon. Friend is a white knight for rail investment. North West Leicestershire could have no surer champion in the jousting required to secure the investment needed. [Hon. Members: “Groan.”]