06 JUL 2017

Crunch talks with Highways England

I am calling on residents who are fed up with noisy lorries to attend a public meeting I have organised so we can demand answers from highways chiefs.

I have organised the crunch talks with Highways England to take place on Friday, July 7, at Aycliffe Church Centre, Old Folkestone Road, Dover, CT17 9HN at 7pm.

This is a chance to grill highways bosses on noise and air pollution in Aycliffe from lorries when the A20 Dover TAP scheme is in place. I also want action on enforcing speed limits in Capel and keeping cumbersome HGVs out of Elms Vale.

Highways England's area managing director Simon Jones will be in attendance, along with Kent Police Inspector Ian Swallow, Dover District Council chief executive Nadeem Aziz and the Port of Dover Police.

After a hard-fought campaign Highways England have finally started scrapping the hated A20 40mph limit. Soon the work will be complete.

Yet there is still more to do. Aycliffe folk are fed up with lorry drivers blaring horns, polluting the air and blocking their estate.

Capel residents have had enough of dodgy diversions and speeding. And people in Elms Vale want to keep cumbersome HGVs off their roads.

This meeting is a chance for everyone to put their views to the people in charge. Please join me so we can work together to fix our roads.

The meeting comes as work to scrap the 40mph speed limit on the A20 nears completion. Highways England say it will be gone by the end of July.

The national speed limit will return, with digital signs enforcing a 40mph restriction when there are serious traffic problems in Dover.

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