It was great to meet people in Dover and Deal at my street stalls on Saturday. I listened carefully to what they had to say about how they were being affected by local issues.
People were delighted we had fixed the Dover to Folkestone rail line way ahead of schedule – and that Highways England have caved in to my campaign and are finally ending the 40mph limit on the A20. But residents in both Dover and Deal also urged me to press the Port of Dover to hurry up with finishing their roadworks on the A20 along the seafront. Drivers said they are fed-up with being stuck in gridlock on the way to and from work – and are being forced to drive through Dover town instead.
My greatest fear is that if these roadworks are not finished by Good Friday, we could see a repeat of the traffic nightmare on July 23 where families were stuck in 14-hour queues without food, water or toilet facilities. This is why Highways England and the Port of Dover must work together and make sure the A20 is sorted by Easter at the latest.
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