Trains, Roads & Buses
Trasport infrastructure is vital to a region’s prosperity. I’ve written more about the Conservative cuts to Kent buses here.
When it comes to roads, everyone locally knows the A2 has to be duelled all the way to Dover: politicians have been talking about it for 30 years! The picture above shows the average A2 chaos on just one sunny summer day I was witness to; anyone living locally knows this is a pretty regular sight. When is it going to be done? Why have Kent County Council and Highways England sat on their hands for decades? Why was this not prioritised by the Tory government when the result of the referendum was known? Why have the Conservatives delayed the next phase of Roads Investment (was due Summer ’18) again?
The potholes on the A2 between Canterbury and Dover are also some of the most dangerous in the region. Huge amounts of the A2 need completely resurfacing. This should have been done years ago. Now we are at the point when a possible Operation Brock scheme will mean that extra traffic avoiding the M20 will use the A2. This will increase wear and tear and the A2 will become more and more dangerous unless major work is undertaken.
And finally, trains. It is well known that the Labour Party will renationalise the franchises when their contracts end. This will mean trains will be run for people, not profit. We can focus our energies on delivering a network that runs, on time and with prices that aren’t rising by £100s of pounds each year. We need to encourage the public to use public transport: our future will be far greener when people can afford to travel this way under a nationalised rail network.