Along with a delegation of Kent MPs, I met with the Chancellor Philip Hammond to make the case for dualling the A2 all the way to the Port of Dover.
For decades the people of Dover and Deal have wanted the road widened – but plans were axed by Labour in the late 1990s. I am determined to get the dualling of the A2 back on the table.
The Chancellor listened carefully to the case which was powerfully put on Monday by 10 Kent MPs in support of my campaign.
I've been working tirelessly to make this happen for the good of Dover, Deal and the nation. The upgrading of the A2 at Dover is long overdue. The Chancellor said he would take our case into account. I was delighted to have the support of all my county colleagues.
But we should be under no illusion of how tough this is. We were sold down the river by John Prescott and the Labour Party. To have real growth in the local economy without gridlock on our roads it's vital we look at dualling the A2.
The A2 needs to be dualled in order to bust the bottlenecks caused by the road narrowing to a single carriageway at Lydden and Whitfield. The Government predicts the amount of roll on - roll off traffic will increase by 101% by 2030. The number of vehicles travelling through the Port of Dover has already rocketed – from 1.6million cars and 730,000 lorries in 1985 to 2.3 million cars and 2.5 million HGVs in 2015.
At the meeting with the Chancellor, we also called for J7 Brenley Corner to be upgraded to deal with capacity issues, and we made the case for the Lower Thames Crossing joining to the M11 as a corridor to the North rather than to the M25 as presently proposed.
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