THE transport minister has met with Lord March - who is backing the A27 Action campaign to improve the state of the major road.
Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin visited Goodwood after meeting MP Nick Herbert and district councillors in the Arun district.
He was joined by MP for Chichester Andrew Tyrie and leader of West Sussex County Council Louise Goldsmith.
Mr McLoughlin’s visit was part of the newly-launched A27 action group which is looking to lobby the government to invest in the entire stretch of the road.
There are banners supporting the campaign at the entrances to the festival.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars also welcomed Mr McLoughlin to the company’s head office and manufacturing plant at Goodwood.
Mr McLoughlin was briefed by members of the Rolls-Royce board of directors on the company’s recent investments, including a major expansion to the manufacturing plant and the creation of 200 new permanent jobs in the last 12 months. The briefing also included details of the company’s continued success, with a fourth year of record sales in 2013 and development of the company’s worldwide dealer network, currently standing at 120 dealerships.
Mr McLoughlin toured the facility, taking particular interest in the company’s Bespoke operation and the hand craftsmanship demonstrated in the wood and leather shops.
He took the opportunity to chat with employees, including a number of current apprentices. Mr McLoughlin was also able to participate in the manufacturing process, installing a Spirit of Ecstasy figurine on the grille of a customer’s car.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars said: “It was a great privilege to welcome the Secretary of State for Transport to the Home of Rolls-Royce and to be able to brief the minister on the extraordinary success of Rolls-Royce in recent years. We were deeply gratified at the interest shown in our business and for his warm and gracious words.”