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.