In order to bring increased prosperity to our community it is vital that we get decent quality road and rail links. Last week, I met with Highways England to talk about the A21. There are some good measures in the pipeline to improve safety at Hurst Green and along the whole length of the road from Lamberhurst to Hastings, but the big change will be the opening of the new dual-carriageway between Pembury and Tonbridge in 2016. This will ease congestion and reduce journey times and accidents at this bottleneck and on the back of this I will be campaigning to dual-carriage the rest of the A21 all the way down to Hastings. Although this may not reach fruition whilst I am your MP, I will make this one of my top priorities.
On Monday 29 June, at a reception at the Houses of Parliament, Huw Merriman MP, a member of the All-party Parliamentary Group on Autism (APPGA), pledged to promote more autism awareness in Bexhill and Battle.
Last week I met the Managing Directors of Southern and South Eastern rail companies to discuss performance and service levels on behalf of local rail users. Both train operators have experienced difficulties in the last year and their services have been impacted by the work being undertaken at London Bridge. Southern has been particularly criticised for poor punctuality and over-crowding and I took part in a debate on their performance in Parliament this week. As a regular commuter myself, I am all too aware of these problems and the importance of a reliable rail service for those who travel to work by train.