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CLOSURE OF THE ASFORDBY HIGH-SPEED RAILWAY TEST TRACK

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1044: tabled on 16 November 2005

Tabled in the 2005-06 session.

This motion has been signed by 40 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House condemns the decision by the Department for Transport to allow the closure of the Asfordby Railway test track; notes that the loss of the UK's only high speed rail test track is a huge blow to the United Kingdom's rail industry, as future high speed trains will now have to be developed and tested abroad; notes that the loss of the facility will mean that new trains will either have to be tested on the already congested rail network or have to enter service without being fully tested, therefore putting passenger safety at risk; and further notes that the £1.8 million a year required to keep the track open is a fraction of the £6.5 billion in subsidy that the railways will receive this year.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Amess, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 6 December 2005
Southend West
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 21 November 2005
East Londonderry
Duddridge, James
Conservative
Signed on 6 December 2005
Rochford and Southend East
Fabricant, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 6 December 2005
Lichfield
Gillan, Mrs Cheryl
Conservative
Signed on 7 December 2005
Chesham and Amersham
Gummer, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 20 December 2005
Suffolk Coastal
Hammond, Mr Philip
Conservative
Signed on 9 January 2006
Runnymede and Weybridge
Hammond, Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 30 November 2005
Wimbledon
Heald, Mr Oliver
Conservative
Signed on 6 December 2005
North East Hertfordshire
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 November 2005
Birmingham, Yardley
Hendry, Charles
Conservative
Signed on 20 December 2005
Wealden
Hermon, Lady Sylvia
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 29 November 2005
North Down
Laing, Mrs Eleanor
Conservative
Signed on 10 January 2006
Epping Forest
Laxton, Mr Bob
Labour
Signed on 22 November 2005
Derby North
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 November 2005
Manchester, Withington
Lewis, Dr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 24 November 2005
New Forest East
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 6 November 2006
Hayes and Harlington
Mercer, Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 13 December 2005
Newark
Murrison, Dr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 20 December 2005
Westbury
Pelling, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 2005
Croydon Central
Randall, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 2 December 2005
Uxbridge
Rowen, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 November 2005
Rochdale
Selous, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 13 December 2005
South West Bedfordshire
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 21 November 2005
Nottingham South
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 22 November 2005
Upper Bann
Spelman, Mrs Caroline
Conservative
Signed on 19 December 2005
Meriden
Stunell, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 November 2005
Hazel Grove
Swire, Mr Hugo
Conservative
Signed on 6 March 2006
East Devon
Viggers, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 14 June 2006
Gosport
Watkinson, Angela
Conservative
Signed on 14 December 2005
Upminster
Wiggin, Bill
Conservative
Signed on 5 December 2005
Leominster
Williams, Mr Roger
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 November 2005
Brecon and Radnorshire
Wilshire, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 19 December 2005
Spelthorne

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.