Bank Holiday Rail Closures
We have recently written to Network Rail regarding recent announcements over plans to close Cumbria’s two main rail lines over the Easter and May Bank Holiday periods.
We understand that this is a key issue for our members, with a recent Cumbria Tourism survey reporting that 45% of tourism businesses suffered due to transport issues. With so much of our county’s economy relying on visitors travelling to the area sustainable travel is a key factor and it is essential that we are able to offer a consistent and reliable rail service that tourists feel confident to use.
We will continue to monitor and speak against this and other similar issues on behalf of our members.
Cumbria Tourism continues to take action to urge Ministers to ensure post Brexit immigration proposals do no damage the county’s £2.9b tourism sector.
Back in October, following the Government’s Migration Advisory Committee recommendations and new restrictions for low skilled and low paid workers, Cumbria Tourism wrote to all 6 MPs and the Tourism Minister calling on their support to ensure the county’s unique labour demand needs are understood and met. It has subsequently given evidence to a Parliamentary Select Committee, met directly to DCMS and shared it deep concerns with the policy department at Visit Britain.
With no sign of any relaxation to the proposed regulations Cumbria Tourism will continue to work with key partners locally, nationally and regionally to stress the urgent case for reconsideration.