Better roads and rail

Charlie has battled for better transport links. Thanks to Charlie's campaigning, the high speed train sweeps into Deal every hour – and the Port of Dover was not sold off.

The hated A20 40mph speed limit was finally scrapped in 2017 after a long battle. Charlie held a public meeting in Aycliffe so residents could make their voices heard to highways chiefs. Weeks later it was at last confirmed that the 40mph limit would be axed.

Charlie is fighting for more lorry parking facilities along the M20 and M2/A2 - to prevent long queues and help battle the blight of unsightly roadside rubbish. He is also campaigning for the A2 to be fully dualled, after Labour axed plans for this much-needed work.

After the railway sea wall at Dover failed, Charlie led a task force to get it fixed. He delivered £50 million of investment and the railway re-opened in autumn 2016, way ahead of schedule.

Campaigning for High Speed Trains to Deal

Labour refused to give Deal a high speed train service. They said Deal was 'a village'. When Charlie was elected in 2010, he was passionate that High Speed rail should come to Deal, and not just stop at Dover. Charlie worked with Kent County Council and Southeastern to make the case that Deal needed a direct fast train to London. In August 2011, fast trains started running to and from Deal as a peak commuting service, cutting journey times to London by half an hour - a huge victory for people power!

The next step was to extend the fast train to an all-day service. After a long campaign by Charlie, Transport Ministers announced that Deal, Walmer and Martin Mill would all benefit from an all-day fast train service to London from January 2015.

It is now possible to travel directly from Deal to London St Pancras in 82 minutes. The fast train has boosted our local economy in Deal and made getting to London easier. It has also made it easier for tourists to visit our area and see the award-winning Deal High Street. Maintaining this hard-won, all-day, every-day high speed train service is one of Charlie's top priorities.

News

Reopen the M20 and axe deadly smart motorway scheme

Highways bosses should take immediate action to reopen the M20 and abandon the deadly Smart Motorway scheme. I made the calls after Operation Brock was implemented again earlier today. 

First funding secured to dual the A2

The first round of funding has been secured to widen the A2 to the Port of Dover. Department for Transport minister Chris Heaton-Harris told me that Highways England has been given funding to “investigate options for improving the A2 around Dover”.

Stopping lorries jumping the queue and clogging local roads

Lorry drivers who clog up roads near the Channel ports face a £300 fine under a new permit scheme proposed by Government.  The Department for Transport (DfT) is consulting on regulations to ensure lorries can’t bypass traffic management queues – and that checks take place away from the border.

Time for real investment in our roads

Steel barriers in the middle of the carriageway. Thousands of cones weaving one way then the other. Speeds limited to 50mph. This is today's reality of the main route to the Channel Ports. The M20 has become the nation's slowest motorway.

Roads to prosperity

Stronger transport links are central to delivering more jobs and money for our area. That's why I work hard to deliver road and rail improvements.

Fighting for better train services

I held talks with rail ministers after it emerged the number of direct high speed trains between Deal and Sandwich and London could reduce in the next franchise.