Letter to chancellor from ex-Portsmouth leader calls for better trains

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THE former leader of Portsmouth City Council has written to the government calling on more to be done to secure a fast rail link between Portsmouth and London.

Gerald Vernon-Jackson, group leader of the Liberal Democrats, wrote to chancellor George Osborne asking for quicker train links.

The letter comes following a front page story by The News calling for better services and quicker journey times to boost economic growth.

In the letter, Cllr Vernon-Jackson urges the chancellor to look at Portsmouth and the surrounding areas underlying the fact that these areas need fast transport links as much as cities in the north.

He continues: ‘I am writing following your announcement of support for HS3 to cities in the north of England to help improve economic growth in these areas.

‘I fully support your intention to do this to help spread economic growth to areas where there is high unemployment and low economic activity. I would ask that you also look at other areas of low economic growth in other parts of the country that also need support to produce better connectivity to London and allow more economic activity to take place.’