Minister learns about town’s traffic woes


The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin visited Eastleigh this week to learn more about some the town’s traffic problems first hand – although the visit attracted the attention of placard carrying Ukip activists.

McLouglin spoke to the Conservative candidate for Eastleigh Mims Davies, local Conservative councillors and members of the public about transport and traffic issues including congestion, pollution and the perennial topic of the longed-for Chickenhall Lane relief road for the grid-locked town’s air quality management areas.

Eastleigh News asked the minister if a re-elected Conservative government could deliver the missing link.

While seeming sympathetic McLouglin avoided making any promises but insisted that he had “never had any difficulty in getting money from the treasury” and that a Conservative government would be committed to investing in transport infrastructure.

Afterwards Local resident and air quality campaigner Simon Payne said that his chat with the minister and Mims Davies left him “hopeful” that a solution for a Chickenhall Lane link road can be found:

“For me a relief road is needed not just to solve congestion and air pollution. I think it is also needed for jobs. A link road could open up the far side of the airfield for jobs which again would benefit the area.”

The Minister also outlined improvements for commuters using the Railway with £38 Billion pounds due to be spent on the rail network

While Mims Davies and the Secretary were giving a scheduled press briefing outside the town’s Railway Station a small group of Ukip activists arrived carrying Ukip placards aloft causing the Conservatives to cut the session short.

Afterwards one of the Ukip demonstrators, the County Councillor for Eastleigh East Andy Moore, explained why they did it.

Moore – who is also the Deputy Leader of the Ukip group on Hampshire County Council – explained that he thought the minister was falsely trying to claim credit on behalf of the Conservatives for the £2 million pounds worth of improvements currently being undertaken on the station approach and forecourt.

“It was Ukip county councillors that have done the improvements at Eastleigh Railway Station.” said Cllr Moore

“Not the Conservatives and not the Liberal Democrats. It was Ukip that did the work .

We were of the opinion that the Conservative transport minister came down to say what a good job he was doing at Eastleigh train Station.

Totally untrue. We done it. Ukip done it. Your Ukip County Councillors.”

A Council spokesperson has told Eastleigh News the station improvements were due to a:

“Partnership project between South West Trains, Hampshire County Council and Eastleigh Borough Council which is being funded as a result of a successful bid to the Department of Transport along with developers contributions and funding from South West Trains.”

Despite the disruption to his schedule the Transport Minister still had a message for the Ukip protestors:

“The simple choice for anybody who voted Ukip who wants a referendum on Europe is to vote conservative that’s the only way they are going to get one.”

Mims Davies added:

“People have made their protest vote in Eastleigh but this is about the next five years of government, about having the right voice.

“People want to have a proper MP standing up for them in Westminster and holding the local council to account.”

Patrick McLoughlin described Mims Davies as an “excellent” candidate.

“In the short time she has been candidate she has moved here, adapted herself to the area, got to know the area, understands the area and I think would be an excellent voice for Eastleigh.”

The other following candidates standing for election in Eastleigh are:

Declan Clune – TUSC

Mark Latham- Labour

Mike Thornton – Liberal Democrat

Patricia Culligan -Ukip

Ray Hall – Beer, Baccy and Scratchings

Ron Meldrum – Green

  9 comments for “Minister learns about town’s traffic woes

  1. Keith House
    April 10, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    The railway station improvements have been being worked up by the County and Borough councils for some time – before this UKIP commentator was elected to the County Council. So as a simple matter of fact, he’s wrong, as usual, and this had little or nothing to do with UKIP.

    The Borough Council will be meeting with the County Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership in May to discuss ways of bringing forward the Chickenhall Lane Link Road to relieve traffic congestion and air pollution in the town, create a simpler and quicker route to the M27 from Bishopstoke and Fair Oak, and to open up land around the airport for jobs.

    • April 10, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      But still no M27 J6, which is what we really need…

    • Roger the Dodger
      April 21, 2015 at 1:30 am

      Oh shut up House, EVERYONE who is anyone in Eastleigh knows what a nasty filthy LIAR you are, You and Humpty Dumpty. You both fart lies you disgusting little self serving liberals. You simply cannot accept that your dictatorship might one day come to an end. Well it seems that you and you bunch of mindless zombies are now facing an opponent that will eventually send you off into the sunset with your ill gotten gains. Sooner rather than later it seems!

    • April 23, 2015 at 11:09 am

      I am pumped about the Borough Council meeting with the County Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership , we are so lucky to have such a pioneering team of administrators powering us into prosperity. Without their insight and stoney determination no-one would have dreamed of putting some more offices by the airport.

      ‘Aeropolis’ how I smile everytime I the word is in my thoughts , the vision of our planners , like kubla khan a stately pleasure dome they decree

      whilst the ignorant savages have a tantrum about traffic , these brave women (and men!) , plan to meet and talk about ways of bringing forward a plan to meet and talk about building a road,

      Of course….curse my feeble cranium… we will ease the congestion by building a road.. why did we not think of that 10 years ago . Allowing roads to be discussed will ease congestion. Allowing offices to be built will create jobs ,our regeneration sparkles with fairy dust.

      I know the dynamic teams at our senates ,full of real world experience and success in the commercial world can lift us out of our stupor , our leaders and all of the candidates in the political establishment are inspirational, Moses like they drive our people through the desert to salvation.

      and moses-ike naysayers who doubt the power of the great chickenhall plan to meet to plan will be smitten.

  2. paul bicknell
    April 10, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    What a pity the conservative group leader didn’t back a motion at full council supporting the Chickenhall Lane relief road and other road infrastructure improvements then!

    • Roger the Dodger
      April 21, 2015 at 1:39 am

      What a pity Paul Bicknell considered his job was to represent his lord and master Keith House rather than his constituents during his time as a LibDem Councillor.

  3. April 11, 2015 at 10:25 am

    What a pity the Lib-Dems closed down the “MDA” at Allington Lane.

    • Humpty Dumpty
      April 21, 2015 at 1:47 am


  4. Rob
    April 16, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Please god this long saga of the Chickenhall Link Road finally results in plans and action to actually get it built. We don’t need empty hot air pumping out of politicians mouths, we have enough hot air already pumping out of the exhausts of stationary cars !

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