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Infrastructure Summit Focuses on Key Roads & Railways

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MPs were lobbied by transport chiefs to improve the design along parts of Kent’s motorways at a summit on infrastructure investment.
 
75 business people and council leaders quizzed a panel of five MPs from the county at the event organised by the Kent and Medway Economic Partnership.
 
Port of Dover chief executive Tim Waggott and rail consultant Vince Lucas, shared measures they felt would provide an improvement in congestion as well as ease the overcrowding on Kent’s roads and train routes.
 
There was wide-spread agreement that extending the Crossrail service to Ebbsfleet, and ideally Gravesend, would help grow the economy and regenerate north Kent.
 
Panel chair Mr Elphicke said: “It was great to hear from so many business and council leaders on their priorities over the next 10 years.
 
“Everyone knows Brexit will present challenges – but there will also be real opportunities to build the sort of Britain we want.
 
“It’s clear we need investment in Kent’s roads and railways. The A2 must be dualled and we need to get on with building the Lower Thames Crossing.
 
“We must act now to prevent gridlock and delays which would affect the whole country, not just Kent.
 
“Meanwhile, we simply have to increase capacity on our train services to meet demand.”
 
Geoff Miles, chairman of Kent and Medway Economic Partnership, and co-owner of Maidstone Studios, said: “We are delighted that Kent and Medway MPs, chaired by Charlie Elphicke, have been so receptive to our request to lobby Government for this infrastructure, which will maximise our global competitiveness as a nation.”
 
 
 
 

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