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Volume 565: debated on Monday 24 June 2013

National Railway Museum

On Friday, the hon. Member for York Outer (Julian Sturdy) and I were presented with this massive petition about the National Railway museum in York, which is quite simply the world’s best railway museum. If you want to see the original engineering drawings by George Stephenson for the Rocket, they are there; if you want to see the engine that 75 years ago set the steam engine world speed record, the Mallard, it is there. The petition is signed by Steve Hughes, editor of The Press, York’s daily newspaper, and 13,500 other people from the City of York.

The petition states:

The Petition of Steve Hughes, Editor of “The Press” York and the people of York,

Declares that the Petitioners note with concern that the National Railway Museum, one of the most treasured attractions in York and the UK, and one of the world's best transport museums, is threatened with closure.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to ensure that the National Railway Museum remains open.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.