I have long advocated for a new medical school in the City and will continue to press for this in both Worcester and Westminster with my Ministerial colleagues. The expansion of the Worcestershire Royal A&E is my top priority, and I continue to be persistent in pushing for more capital funding investment, so that my constituents can access timely, first-class care unhindered by long waiting times and financial pressures with new facilities and more funding for full time staff. I regularly meet with the Health Secretary to press the case and will continue to do so.
I have put fairer funding for schools at the core of my advocacy in parliament having previously been the vice-Chair of the cross party f40 campaign. I regularly meet with Education Ministers to advocate for higher funding for schools in Worcestershire. I was pleased that the Prime Minister recently announced a further £4.6 billion with the aim of increasing per pupil funding to at least £4,000 at primary schools, and £5,000 at secondary schools, and I will advocate for schools in Worcester to receive a fair slice of this funding.
It is vital that we continue to develop the skills of the future. I want young people to leave schools and colleges better equipped to enter the workforce, which is why I have advocated so hard for better quality apprenticeships. The Conservative Government has transformed apprenticeships in the UK by increasing the quality and quantity and spreading awareness of the opportunity that apprenticeships offer to both young people and businesses. Shortly, I will be launching my very own Independent Business Awards to showcase the fantastic local establishments we have in Worcester.
I was proud to announce £55 million of government funding approved for the upgrade of Southern Link Road as well as the full dualling of the Carrington Bridge which will help improve everyday journeys in and around Worcester, easing traffic for local people in Worcestershire and Herefordshire, as well as supporting thousands of new homes and jobs. Worcestershire Parkway Station will also mean passengers have much easier journeys. This was a result of years of meetings, correspondence and campaigning, and is a real testament to how MPs can help shape their communities. After years of campaigning, I was pleased to receive confirmation from Great Western Railways that trains on the route between Worcester and London will complete the journey in under two hours before the end of 2019.
I continue to be a strong voice for Worcester in Westminster. I have held hundreds of surgeries and speak to local residents in Worcester all year round to know what issues are important to you to represent you in Parliament.