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Kemptown candidate furious over Labour A27 “cash cut”

Sarah Green April 16, 2015

Simon Kirby, Conservative Candidate for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven has condemned the announcement by the Labour Party that they will cut promised funding for A27 improvements and use the money to freeze rail fares for one year.

Simon Kirby
Simon Kirby, Conservative Candidate for Kemptown and Peacehaven


THE Conservatives have promised to freeze rail fares for five years and still provide money to relieve the congestion affecting the A27, which will also help other roads such as the South Coast Road in Woodingdean and Rottingdean.

Mr Kirby claims the information has been confirmed to him by the Treasury.

He said: ‘This is typical of the short-sighted policies being peddled by the Labour Party in this election. Everyone knows the A27 needs upgrading but not, apparently, the Labour Party. The A27 proposals will ease congestion in other local roads as well.

“Conservatives have confirmed that we will freeze rail fares for five years, not just one as Labour are suggesting, AND provide money for these vital upgrades. Labour, as always, needs to think again.”

A spokesperson for Labour, responded saying: “Labour is saying that we intend to go ahead with the works on the A27 with the exception of the specific Arundel bypass – this is due to cut through a National Park and so raises a number of environmental issues that need to resolved before we give this one section of road improvement the go ahead.

“Instead of an uncosted Tory plan they have no idea how they will pay for, Labour will deliver a fully funded rail fares freeze for one year.”