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MP HIGHLIGHTS TRANSPORT NEEDS

Eastbourne & Willingdon MP Nigel Waterson highlighted the problems with local transport links when he quizzed a Government minister this week. Nigel was speaking at the first meeting of the South East Regional Grand Committee, held in Reading.

Nigel asked Jonathan Shaw MP, the Minister for the South East: “It is bad enough that there are centralised house building targets imposed from above. It is made worse by the lack of investment in our transport infrastructure. Will the Minister talk to his colleagues in the Department of Transport about improving our inadequate rail service in the area and between Eastbourne and London, as well as long overdue improvements to the A27 between Lewes and Polegate, which is crippling economic development?”

In response, the Minister could only refer to already-completed improvements at Beddingham to the A27.

Afterwards, Nigel commented: “I was disappointed by the lack of a positive message from the Minister. I have long campaigned for better rail services and for the upgrading of the A27. It seems both these aspirations will have to await a Conservative government.”

16 Sept 2009