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Siôn Simon challenges Transport Secretary over M6 Toll failure

Labour’s candidate for West Midlands Mayor, Siôn Simon, has issued a challenge to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling over his botched handling of transport funding in the region.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has recently confirmed his backing for a Lower Thames Crossing and announced the preferred route for the scheme, which could cost up to £6bn, but refuses to endorse Siôn’s plan to nationalise the M6 Toll.

Chambers of Commerce found that road congestion costs West Midlands businesses £2 billion a year.

Siôn’s plan to nationalise the M6 Toll would relieve congestion in the West Midlands along key trade routes and end traffic misery for thousands.

Mr Simon said:

“If we needed anymore proof that the Tory London Government is out of touch with the people of the West Midlands, now we have it.

“In the same week that the Tory Transport Secretary lavishes billions of pounds in funding for a new road in the leafy South East, he refuses to endorse a plan to seriously cut congestion in the West Midlands.

“I’m calling time on failing Grayling’s dodging of this issue. People in the West Midlands deserve better than this Tory London Government. It’s time to take back control from London and get the best deal for the West Midlands on transport.”

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