Improving Local Infrastructure

In a rural constituency like the Forest of Dean it is especially important that the local MP speaks up to ensure that residents are provided with the best possible infrastructure and this is a responsibility that I have always taken extremely seriously during my time in office.

Particularly topical in recent years has been broadband provision and I remain in regular close contact with Gigaclear – the company primarily responsible for the rollout of ultrafast broadband in the Forest of Dean. I have visited Gigaclear at their offices and joined them on site, laying fibre optic cables, to learn about the Fastershire project. 21,800 homes across the Forest of Dean and South Herefordshire will benefit from ultra-fast, direct to property fibre, with thousands already enjoying new speed of up to 900Mbps, a drastic improvement on the less than 20Mbps that many of them had before. I continue to intently monitor Gigaclear and Fastershire’s progress.

Also important to my constituents is our roads. Constituents often get in touch with me when they have traffic problems and I have regularly intervened with closures and roadworks where they have been unduly disruptive to my constituents, seeing to it that plans are revised to minimise disruption. I’ve also collaborated with Gloucestershire MPs over many years to see the A417 ‘missing link’ scheme built which has finally received approval – this will benefit drivers across the county.

Something I have campaigned on for a number of years, and continue to campaign for, is a Chepstow by-pass to ease traffic congestion in the southern part of the constituency. Although the Labour-run Welsh Government’s opposition to new road building is proving a block to the idea, nonetheless I continue to work with the MP for Monmouth, David TC Davies, to push for this important infrastructure project which will be of great benefit to my constituents.

News

Pothole Update

While regularly using our local roads over the last few months, it has been clear to see that there has been a big increase in the number of potholes. I experience them myself, just like my constituents, and while out canvassing most weekends I have had the issue raised with me by residents.

New Investment to De-Carbonise Forest of Dean Transport

On the 22nd of March, I announced in my role as Secretary of State for Transport that Gloucestershire County Council will be receiving £5,900,000 to introduce 58 brand-new zero-emission buses across the County.

My view on the 'Glynchbrook' settlement proposal

As some of my constituents will be aware a housing developer named Glynchbrook has recently put forward a proposal to create a new “village”, arguably large enough to be a small town, also called Glynchbrook, comprising up to 3,000 homes between the M50 and A417 at Redmarley.

Local Bus Services to be Expanded

I am delighted to hear that because of funding from the Department for Transport, which I lead as Secretary of State, several Stagecoach services operating between Gloucester and the Forest of Dean are set to be expanded.

A48 at Minsterworth – Update

It was a pleasure to chair a round table discussion on road safety on the A48 at Minsterworth today.

We held the meeting at The Harvey Centre, and it was a great opportunity to listen to many of the concerns that residents have over this stretch of road.

New investment to improve Forest of Dean Transport

In rural areas like the Forest of Dean, it is especially important that residents are provided with a high-quality road network and access to local buses, and this is something that I have always taken extremely seriously during my time as your Member of Parliament and more recently, as Secretary

£87.9 million boost to repair Gloucestershire roads

Much like elsewhere in the country, most people in the Forest of Dean travel by road, and potholes on those roads can cause misery for motorists, from expensive vehicle repairs to bumpy, slow and dangerous journeys.

A417 “Missing Link” Update

On Friday, I had the great pleasure of visiting the next phase of the major A417 upgrading scheme.

After many years of campaigning by Gloucestershire MPs, it is fantastic to see work on the A417 progressing, backed by significant Government funding.

Visiting 'The Robin' on-demand bus service

Today I took a ride around the Forest on The Robin. For those that don’t know, The Robin is a ‘bookable bus service' that currently covers the south of the Forest of Dean as well as the north Cotswolds.

New funding to improve local bus services

Buses are the most popular form of public transport in this country and as the Forest’s MP, I know that they are often the main source of transportation available for those in rural areas who do not drive.