A27: Transport secretary agrees to meet villagers

Stephen Lloyd MP, Simon Kirby MP, Sceretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin MP, Cllr David Tutt, Cllr David Elkin & Cllr Caroline Ansell. PICTURE BY MARK DIMMOCK
Stephen Lloyd MP, Simon Kirby MP, Sceretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin MP, Cllr David Tutt, Cllr David Elkin & Cllr Caroline Ansell. PICTURE BY MARK DIMMOCK

MP Norman Baker said the transport secretary has agreed to talk to residents who live along the A27 after a meeting was held in Eastbourne which discussed the £75m allocated for improvements to the road.

Secretary of State Patrick McLoughlin attended the meeting at Eastbourne Town Hall on Wednesday (January 28) alongside local politicians.

Mr Baker said: “I made my point to the Transport Secretary which was why was this meeting taking place in Eastbourne when the entire section of the road is in my constituency? The Transport Secretary agreed to a meeting with me and the people who live along the A27. I will be taking a delegation from the parishes up to the Transport Secretary to go through it. I welcome the £75m but it needs to be spent in a way people are happy with.”

Mr McLoughlin said: “I am pleased to see the overwhelmingly positive reaction to our first ever road investment strategy, which includes a £350 million upgrade to the A27. This is part of an ambitious £15 billion plan to triple levels of spending on England’s roads by the end of the decade. This includes within it a commitment to spend around £75m on the right scheme to deliver improvements east of Lewes, irrespective of any decision on Gatwick. This government has a long term plan to secure the country’s future and improving connectivity across the south east is a key part of our vision.”