TATTON MP Esther McVey has secured a meeting with the Government and the Mid Cheshire Rail Users Group to look at improving transport links in the area.

Earlier this month Ms McVey demanded assurances from Transport Secretary Chris Grayling that concerns of local people over HS2 would be addressed, as Government introduced a Bill to push ahead with phase 2a, which will connect the West Midlands to Crewe by 2027.

She also has secured a meeting in August between Mid Cheshire Rail Users Group and Government Rail Minister Paul Maynard to discuss opening up local lines.

Mr Maynard will be coming to Tatton for the meeting with Ms McVey and the group.

Improving rail connectivity between the east and west of the country seems more popular than a high speed rail line from the north to the south, according to a poll by the Tatton MP.

She asked her Twitter followers what their preference would be for a new rail infrastructure based on three choices, HS2 North to South, HS3 Liverpool to Newcastle or HS2 stopping at Crewe and HS3.

In the 48 hours votes were taken HS3 won with 39 per cent of the 447 votes, with HS2 coming in at 38 per cent, and 22 per cent favouring a high speed line to Crewe and also the HS3 east to west link.

Ms McVey said: “It was a fun poll but on a serious issue. Transport links in our area are not good enough, and more needs to be done to improve our services locally.

“I have secured a meeting with Government and the Mid Cheshire Rail Users Group to discuss this matter in more detail.

“Transport links are vital to the economy, but it is important to get the right lines in place and I wanted to gauge opinion on the big infrastructure projects that are going ahead.

“I know there is a lot of local opposition and concern about HS2, and I have conveyed this to Government and met with many concerned residents across the constituency.

“The results of this poll also reflect opinion when out speaking to people not just in the constituency but across the north west.

“People want a train service that links the north and they want it built as soon as possible. It should be part of both the Government transport strategy and industrial strategy.”

High Speed Rail 3, also called Northern Powerhouse Rail, will connect Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Hull and was approved by the Government last year.