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Gridlock over A2 plans for Dover

Contributed by editor on Nov 03, 2004 - 04:13 PM


GRIDLOCK OVER A2 PLANS FOR DOVER

Duelling of the A2 into Dover is unlikely according the Highways Agency after Dover District Council and Dover Harbour Board put forward plans for the Agency to reconsider.

The HA said that the various points raised did not improve the viability of the scheme. This news follows recent speculation about the High Speed Trains and service patterns and connections to Dover and East Kent.

Cllr Nigel Collor, Cabinet Member for Access, said: "We will not let this matter sleep and will continue to drive the message home that we need proper infrastructure for the future. Dover deserves better than a second rate roads system and a third class rail network and we will continue to lobby for this."

Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council, said: "Failure to address the dualling of the A2 will hit Dover both economically and environmentally. It is essential that there is a switch in traffic from the A20 to the A2 as an alternative route into Dover. Even a decision now would mean a wait of a number of years for completion of the project. If we have to wait for a decision at a later date, traffic will continue to build up and damage our environment and stifle our economy, and that is clearly unacceptable."