Improving Connectivity

It is my priority to ensure that every household has access to rapid broadband and a choice of excellent transport options by:

  • Building on my recent work to get Gigabit broadband delivered to the RG20, RG17, RG14 and RG7 postcodes, to bring coverage to the remaining blackspots;
  • Campaigning for flexible season tickets on trains – to reflect the fact that many people will be working from home more in the future and will want their travel costs to reflect this;
  • Working to create more bus routes particularly between Newbury and locations to the north and south between which there is currently no direct public transport.
  • Work with Highways England on their 5-year plan to improve safety on the A34 north of Newbury.


Laura discusses Crossrail and local transport in the House of Commons

During a debate on transport in the House of Commons on 19 May, Laura celebrated the upcoming opening of the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail), which will shorten journey times from Newbury station to Canary Wharf to an hour, and she also raised her frustrations with GWR's May timetable which has reduce

Newbury Weekly News: Opposing GWR's Proposals

The news that GWR plans to withdraw three Intercity Express Trains from the Paddington-Bedwyn line with consequent reductions to the direct train service itself, is deeply disappointing.

Opposing GWR's proposed timetable changes

In recent weeks I have become aware of the disappointing decision to remove three Intercity Express Trains (IET) from the Bedwyn - Paddington line to replace ageing stock on another part of the network.