Transport minister Simon Burns was today urged to approve major new investment in high-speed rail technology to boost business and place thousands more Kent homes within an hour of central London.
In a visit to Manston that co-incided with the Chancellor's autumn statement, the minister was pressed to release funds for five schemes with the power to 'transform' the east Kent economy.
The business leaders' wish-list includes high-speed rail between Ashford International and Ramsgate - and a new station at Manston Airport, which is starting flights to Amsterdam next year, linking Kent for the first time with a major hub airport. David Johns has this report.
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