The Cabinet Office have announced that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will benefit from further funding as part of the Growth Deal as follows:
Broadband: a project to take Cornwall and Isles of Scilly from 95% to over 99% fibre broadband connected, cementing it as the best connected rural place in the UK.
Rail: creating a quality Night Riviera Sleeper experience through investment in lounges and changing facilities in Penzance, Truro and Paddington and improved parking facilities at Truro.
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Derek Thomas, Prospective Conservative MP said:
'It's no secret that increasing the number of skilled, well-paid jobs is at the top of my list of priorities. This deal, that will deliver Broadband to pretty much every part of West Cornwall, enables us to create further technology-based businesses and makes the far South West an attractive place to relocate a business. Superfast Broadband also strengthens our core industries such as tourism and farming. Furthermore, improving rail services reinforces the message that we are open for business.'
David Cameron said:
"Giving local communities the power and the money to unlock growth and development and make the spending decisions that work for them is a key part of our long-term economic plan to secure a brighter future for Britain and ensure a recovery for all.
"Local Conservatives such as Derek Thomas, who is a tireless campaigner for West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, will welcome these projects, which will make an important difference to the area.
"That's what Growth Deals are all about, backing local people and investing in the infrastructure, housing and skills that will drive forward local economies, create more jobs and opportunities for hardworking people and supercharge all parts of our country."