Roads: Mid Sussex

The Secretary of State Was Asked – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th July 2017.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex 12:00 am, 13th July 2017

What plans he has to improve the road network in Mid Sussex constituency.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

I will also attempt to keep Keats and Coleridge out of this answer.

Mid Sussex will benefit from the investment of over £100 million on local road maintenance and small-scale transport schemes in West Sussex County Council up to 2021. In addition, the county benefits from access to £304 million-worth of local growth funding over the same period which has been secured by the Coast to Capital local enterprise partnership.

Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

Mid Sussex is greatly looking forward to the Secretary of State’s visit in early September to see the serious problems we have on the roads. Does the Minister agree that it is cardinally bad, rotten government to go on pushing housing into constituencies such as mine without investing in the infrastructure there in the first place? It is not a matter for West Sussex County Council; it is a matter for Mid Sussex District Council, which cannot go on accepting this volume of house building without a significant investment in dealing with these major bottlenecks on the roads.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

My right hon. Friend has made his point eloquently in the House. All I would say is that the major roads network that we announced last week, along with the bypass fund, is specifically designed to be part of a wider strategy whose purpose is to provide the infrastructure that new housing development requires. That should be part of the solution for any of these schemes.

Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Speaker of the House of Commons, Chair, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Chair, Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, Chair, Commons Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion Committee

Order. This question has been narrowly confined to Mid Sussex, from which the right hon. Gentleman’s Warley constituency is a considerable distance away. If he is going to focus his question exclusively on Mid Sussex, not “and elsewhere” or “and other places”, we will hear him.

Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Labour, Warley

Will the Minister accept that the improvements to the road system to East Sussex

Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Labour, Warley

Mid Sussex. Does the Minister accept that the road system to Mid Sussex would be considerably improved if money was diverted from the ever-deepening, bottomless pit of HS2, thus enabling those projects to move forward much more quickly? May I join my hon. Friend Mr Skinner in calling for a reassessment of this increasingly troubled scheme?

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Mr Speaker, it is a mark of your grace that you were able to allow the right hon. Gentleman to proceed with a question so evidently unrelated to the issue, so much so that he was not able to make it to the actual name of the constituency or the area concerned, although that came in the first 10 seconds of his question. The answer to his question, if I may dignify it with an answer, is that there will be plenty of investment in both sides of that equation.