The government rejects calls for a Commons vote on Boris Johnson’s rail proposals.


The government has rejected calls for a Commons vote on Boris Johnson’s rail proposals.

After a “betrayal of Northern voters,” Labour demands that MPs have a say in plans to downgrade high-speed links.

After Boris Johnson was challenged to put his rail plans to the test with MPs, the Government dismissed calls for a free Parliamentary vote.

Parts of the high-speed rail upgrades from the Midlands to the North of England have been scaled back, causing outrage in the affected regions.

If Mr Johnson was truly confident in Labour’s plans, Labour said, he would hold a free vote to allow Tory MPs from northern constituencies to vote as they pleased.

When asked if Mr Johnson would hold a referendum, a government source said, “No.”

“Our new Integrated Rail Plan will see faster and better journeys, benefiting more people and places across the Midlands and North, and deliver them faster than under original plans,” they said.

After it was announced that the eastern leg of the HS2 high-speed rail line would be scrapped and the Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) link from Manchester to Leeds would be downgraded, Mr Johnson was accused of “betrayal.”

Rail times and capacity would be improved at a faster rate than under the previous strategy, according to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

He insisted that the government was following through on its promise, accusing critics of “completely misleading people.”

The Government was under pressure to reconsider the proposals, according to Shadow Transport Secretary Jim McMahon.

“What we witnessed in the North was a betrayal of voters.”

The Prime Minister stated that new lines would be built to better connect the North and improve rail services.

“He didn’t keep his word,” he claimed.

“On this side, pressure is building to reverse Thursday’s announcement.

The Prime Minister should listen to both Labour and his own party, and recommit to fully constructing these two lines.

“If the government is confident in its plans, it should put them to a vote in Parliament and see how the House reacts.”

It comes after mayors and council leaders from across northern England, including Martyn Cox, the Conservative leader of Bolton, wrote to Mr Johnson, demanding a Commons vote.

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The government has rejected calls for a Commons vote on Boris Johnson’s rail proposals.

Integrated Rail Plan: Government slaps down calls for Commons vote on Boris Johnson’s proposals

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