One of the biggest challenges for Plymouth is to improve our transport links.
Our region is still scarred from the 2014 storms, which washed away the line at Dawlish and cut us off from the rest of the UK for 6 weeks. As Chairman of the All-Party Group for South West Rail, I am leading the charge to ensure that the Government listens to the South West and gives us what we need - a resilient rail line.
With a new Prime Minister in place, I will be ensuring that Theresa May and Chris Grayling, the new Transport Secretary know that this must be their top priority for the South West and Plymouth.
I am pressing the Peninsula Rail Task Force, which is putting together a report on the options for rail in the South West, to report as quickly as possible so that we can get on with the job of lobbying the Government on this vital issue.
Plymouth City Airport
In 2015, the then-Chancellor, George Osborne, commissioned a report a report into the future and possible reopening of Plymouth City Airport, at my behest.
I've been working closely with FlyPlymouth to make the case for Plymouth Airport and I am looking forward to seeing the report when it is published. I am continuing to push the Department for Transport for a completion date of the report so that we can continue to find a way to reopen the Airport and show the UK and the rest of the world that Plymouth is open for business.
Our Road Network
I have campaigned for the A303 to be dualled fully and I am delighted that the Government is going to invest in this project. I will make sure that this is a priority for the South West so that Plymouth can be better connected to the rest of the UK.
South West MPs will have a meeting with John Hayes MP, the Transport Minister, in October, where we will put our collective voices across to the Government to urge action.
With these three transport pledges, I am working hard to ensure that Plymouth's transport network is resilient, fast and fit for the 21st century.