I have been pressing for a commitment to radically reduce journey times on the Penzance to Paddington rail link. So far I have established that we can shave 30 minutes from the journey. This should take the quickest journey between Penzance and London to 4.5hrs. In a meeting with Network Rail and GWR I have received confirmation that more will be done to see if journey times can be reduced further (I think we will have to settle for 4 hrs 10 minutes although this is far from guaranteed). Improved journey times will be good for business in West Cornwall.
I also have an agreement that Network Rail and GWR will meet with me to look at how we can develop the freight on the rail service. We need more space for freight without losing passenger seats.