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MP in plea for Cornish rail investment

St Ives MP Andrew George has urged the government to invest in the railway in Cornwall.

A private exhibition was held in Westminster yesterday to showcase plans to create a train care centre in Penzance and upgrade the sleeper service connecting the town to London.

The proposals were drawn up by Cornwall Council with help from First Great Western, Network Rail and the Department for Transport.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin attended the exhibition, and George called on him to back the plans.

“The least any government can do is give Cornwall a fraction of the multi-billion-pound transport investment going into wealthy London and the South East,” said George.

“I have been involved in many discussions as this proposal has developed in recent months. I’m delighted that we have this opportunity to reinforce the message to the transport secretary. What we need now is for the government to get behind Cornwall’s rail bid.”

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