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.


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.

Digital Household Grant

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 broadband provision possible.

Improving the Forest’s highway network

Recently I had the privilege of visiting a team of engineers at Gloucestershire Highways’ Cannop Depot working to implement the County Council’s £100 million resurfacing programme, which has recently received a boost as a result of Central Government funding announced at this year's budget.

Summer of Resurfacing

The summer of resurfacing is here!

Please check out the above video from Gloucestershire County Council outlining the work they are doing to strengthen our road network and keep Gloucestershire moving.

Chepstow Bypass Update

I was disappointed, but sadly not surprised, to learn that the Green-run Forest of Dean District Council, supported by the Labour Party, voted against plans to support a Chepstow bypass.

Broadband Update

I am pleased to report that Gigaclear have kicked off their ultrafast broadband rollout in Cinderford.

It's a recess, not a holiday!

Parliament is now in recess until 6 September. Regardless of what you may read in some national newspapers, this period is not a holiday for MPs. We still have plenty of work to do!