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Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow talks about cycle lane plans in her latest column

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MANY voters have been in contact about the desperate situation in Ukraine and in particular to urge the government to do all it can to support our Ukrainian friends; I constantly share your views in Westminster. Over the past eight years, our armed forces have trained their Ukrainian counterparts and recently the UK has helped to pay salaries and provide high quality equipment to Ukrainian soldiers, pilots and police.

Additionally, in response to calls for additional assistance, the government is providing an additional 6,000 missiles, more than doubling the defensive lethal assistance provided to date.

Back in the constituency many of you will know that it has long been my ambition, along with many other members of the local community, to secure a cycle route between Wellington and Taunton alongside the extremely busy A38.

Such a cycle path would also provide an important link to the proposed Wellington Rail Station, whose plans I am delighted to say have recently taken another step forward following additional funding of £5m to develop detailed designs and a full business case. .

This puts us on track for a potential opening in 2025. I pledged to work to bring a rail station to Wellington when I was first elected to Parliament in 2015; it is so welcome to reflect that it quickly becomes a reality.

So now is the time to push for the cycle path between Taunton and Wellington. I am launching a petition to present to the government to demonstrate its real need and support. If you’re as passionate about the program as I am and can see the great benefits it would bring whether you’re already a cyclist, thinking about becoming one, or just want to put your shoulder to the wheel to support it , I would be grateful if you would add your name to the petition and share it around you.

All the details are on my site. Let’s put the wheels in motion!

Written by Rebecca Pow, MP for Taunton Deane