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House of Commons Hansard
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05 December 2017
Volume 632

Broadband: East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow

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I rise to present a petition relating to broadband in the constituency of East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow.

The petition states:

The petition of residents of East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow,

Declares that broadband strength in rural communities is far from adequate; further that the stark difference in access between urban centres and rural towns has created a distinct digital inequality; further that the lack of appropriate broadband strength in my constituency is a continuous stress on our local economy; further that my constituents are faced with an average download speed of 2.5MBps whilst cities can expect speeds in accession of 20MBps for the same price; and further that some constituents, therefore, are having to rely on satellite broadband which is expensive, unreliable and frankly archaic in 21st century Britain.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to undertake a full review into the growing digital inequality between urban and rural communities and what can be done to ensure everyone has fair access to strong broadband; and further that the Government considers investing substantially in these rural areas and upgrade the current, outdated broadband services available in my constituency and other regions alike.

And the petitioners remain, etc.

[P002086]

Ruabon Station

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My petition concerns the urgent need for greater accessibility of Ruabon station.

The petition states:

The petition of residents of the village of Ruabon in the constituency of Clwyd South,

Declares that Ruabon railway station is currently inaccessible to a number of potential users as the only method of using platform 2 is by crossing a footbridge which is difficult for passengers with mobility issues or luggage to carry, and impossible for wheelchair users.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons call on the Government to speed up plans to improve access to the Ruabon railway station either by replacing the existing bridge with one that allows easy access for all users, or to add a wheelchair accessible entrance to platform 2.

And the petitioners remain, etc.

[P002088]