Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also Chairman of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Modernising and upgrading our railways so that passengers can count on them every day is critical to levelling up every part of this country as we recover from the pandemic.
That is why the government has today announced a £401 million funding boost for our railways, including £317 million to upgrade the Transpennine main line, £69 million to increase freight capacity between the port of Southampton and the Midlands, and £15 million to build new stations in Exeter and Leeds.
This ambitious new investment will build on our Great British Railways reforms, delivering faster, greener and more reliable transport links which will unleash our economy and spread opportunity across the country we build back better.