I welcome the Budget announcement that brings the long awaited A2 dualling a step closer.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that the Lower Thames Crossing will be going ahead as planned. Alongside the Budget, the Department for Transport published a list of the major schemes to be developed – including “A2 Dover Access”.
I have been calling for the A2 dualling to go ahead and used my first question in the Commons to press ministers to green light the project. This is a major step forward.
I also welcome news that the Lower Thames Crossing is confirmed as going ahead. It would better connect all corners of the nation to East Kent and the Port of Dover.
Our community has long fought to see the A2 dualled at the way to the Port. Together with the Lower Thames Crossing, Dover, Deal and East Kent will be so much better connected to the rest of the country. Dover is not simply the Gateway to England – our port is essential to the nation’s economy.
Trade through our port helps ensure the Northern Power House continues to whirr, the Midlands Engine speeds ahead and businesses up and down the land get the supplies they need when they need them. I have been making the case that an investment in our area is an investment in the future prosperity of the whole nation. I am really pleased to see the next steps of our roads journey prioritised by the Chancellor.