Craig Mackinlay MP has called on the Government to invest in dualling the A2 and A256 to improve the flow of traffic in Kent.
The South Thanet MP made the demand at Treasury Questions in the House of Commons citing Kent’s role as the frontline of EU border trade and the prospect of over 100,000 new homes over the next 15 years as reasons why dualling the roads is necessary.
In response, Treasury Minister, John Glen MP, said he thought the idea “very sensible”. The Minister went on: “The dualling of the A256 near Dover was raised as an issue in the Highways England Route Strategy for Kent and that is being considered at the moment alongside other potential investments."
With respect to the A256, Mr Glen confirmed that the dualling of the road is part of the indicative major road network. If the A256 is included in the final network due to be published by the Government later this year, it will be a matter for the local authority working with the regional transport bodies to determine whether to bid into that fund.
Speaking after Treasury Questions, Craig Mackinlay MP, commented:
“The dualling of the A2 and A256 would help enormously to improve traffic flows and resilience in Kent.
“This is all-the-more important given that Kent is on the frontline of EU border trade and the likelihood that in excess of 100,000 new homes will be built over the next 15 years to meet the requirements of the local plans.
“The Minister’s reply seemed receptive to the idea, but I will continue to press the case and keep up maximum pressure on all concerned while the dualling of the roads is under consideration.”