I was delighted to learn that a new car park at Dover Priory train station looks set to be built in 2017.
The 100-space surface-level car park was given planning permission by Dover District Council at the end of last year.
It follows a long campaign I led to get more parking provision at the site off Folkestone Road. Essex-based developers Churchgate Ltd will deliver it.
This looks set to be a real victory for commuters. It proves we were right to keep fighting for more parking at Dover Priory.
Network Rail dithered for months before letting us down, but we weren't there for long.
This car park will ensure local people can commute and travel conveniently – another crucial step in building a better future for Dover and Deal.
I will continue to make the case for more spaces, but there is room to expand and add decks when demand dictates it.
Churchgate has been working with Network Rail about using adjacent land which would increase the capacity to around 140 spaces.
The Network Rail-owned land was valued this week and Churchgate has confirmed an intention to buy it. Their managing director told me it will definitely be completed by the end of the year.
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