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Road And Rail Services (Kent)

Volume 885: debated on Monday 27 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) following the decision to cancel the Channel Tunnel project, if he will initiate a study into the relative need for the improvement of rail and road services from London to the Kent coast for the benefit of Kent commuters and overseas travellers;(2) consequent upon the decision to cancel the Channel Tunnel project, if he will give consideration to including in the road programme the widening of those parts of the M2 motorway which are currently of two lanes only;(3) following the decision to cancel the Channel Tunnel project, if he will initiate studies of the relative needs of road and rail traffic routes to and through the South-East and East Coast ports.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he proposes to discuss with the Kent County Council the revision and improvement of the road provision in Kent made necessary as a consequence of the cancellation of the Channel Tunnel project.

As my right hon. Friend told the House on 20th January, we shall be discussing the implications of the decision for other modes of transport with all those concerned. Any necessary consultations and studies will be set in hand shortly.