Better roads to keep Kent moving

Traffic isn't just annoying, it's holding Kent back. Our economy can't grow unless our infrastructure is up-to-scratch. 

With thousands of new houses planned for our area, pressure on the road network is only going to increase. It's vital that infrastructure keeps pace with development. Given that the vast majority of UK freight passes through Kent, this is a national problem not just a local one.

The Government is investing in roads, and I want to make sure Kent gets its fair share. In particular I want to see improvements to the M20, M2 and A2, as well as the Brenley Corner roundabout - which has been left almost completely unchanged since it was built more than 50 years ago. 

I’m making sure improving Kent's road network stays at the top of the Government’s agenda. 

News

A2 crossing chaos at Abbey school must end

I visited Abbey School at going-home time and it was quite clear that the bridge over the A2 is inadequate. Hundreds of children all need to cross the road at the same time and the bridge is too narrow. Quite apart from the fact that it’s impossible for anyone who can’t manage steps.

How to fix Operation Stack?

It is unacceptable for Kent’s roads to be paralysed, so I am pleased that Highways England are exploring alternatives to Operation Stack. I wrote to Highways England saying that any solution to Operation Stack – whether on-road or off-road – must allow the free flow of traffic without delays.

Get roads ready for Brexit day

It’s completely unacceptable for Kent’s roads to be brought to a standstill, so I was very worried to read that the temporary solution to Operation Stack could be delayed.

Finish resurfacing Brenley Corner!

It's great that Brenley Corner has been resurfaced and so many of the dreadful potholes fixed - but the job is one half done! I wrote to Highways England asking why, and received this reply, saying that it is due to "a delay with design planning".

Preparing for Brexit at the border

With 5,000 lorries arriving in Kent every day from mainland Europe, and another 5,000 leaving, delays at the border will quickly lead to queues forming on both sides of the channel. It’s in the EU’s interest to avoid that, just as it’s in ours – but in any event, we need to be prepared.

No going back to the Summer of Stack

Do you remember the Summer of Stack? For 32 days in 2015 Kent ground to a halt, with Operation Stack turning the M20 turned into a giant lorry park because of disruption at the Channel crossings.

Operation Stack: M20 MUST stay open

As we saw two summers ago, closing the M20 during Operation Stack has a terrible impact on Kent, with roads brought to a standstill, businesses unable to function and patients delayed getting to hospital.