Former Eastbourne MP calls for A27 rethink after Government’s National Insurance U-turn

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The former Eastbourne MP has renewed calls for a rethink on the A27 improvements after the Government today (Wednesday) announced a U-turn in policy.

Stephen Lloyd had previously criticised Chancellor Philip Hammond’s proposed hike in National Insurance for self-employed people – which has now been scrapped.

He said, “So the Chancellor has U-turned after breaking a promise in the Conservative General Election manifesto.

“Perhaps he will now U-turn on the Government’s rejection of our demand for a dual carriageway on the A27 between Eastbourne and Lewes?

“I can tell him where to find the money – use the £250m that’s suddenly become available now the Department of Transport have cancelled the Chichester bypass!

“I am delighted that the Chancellor bowed to the inevitable after his omNICshambles Budget, but his Government is still only looking at tinkering with our section of the A27, which is simply not good enough.

“It’s a shocking road, both unsafe and inappropriate for a major seaside town like Eastbourne in the 21st century. I am asking the Government to do the right thing for our town and to do it now.”