Bury St Edmunds business leader calls for ‘urgent’ action on A14 improvements

Gridlock on the A14 near Stowmarket ANL-150417-162745001
Gridlock on the A14 near Stowmarket ANL-150417-162745001
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A Bury St Edmunds business leader has called for ‘urgent, clear and consistent’ progress on improvements to the A14 this year.

Matt Moss, chairman of the town’s Chamber of Commerce, says the problems experienced on the A14 are ‘getting worse’ and fears the knock on effect on Suffolk’s economy could be ‘devastating’ if nothing is done.

Matt Moss

Matt Moss

He is backing the Suffolk Chamber-led partnershop campaign ‘No More A14 Delays in Suffolk’.

Mr Moss, who is finance director at Poundfield Products, in Creeting St Peter, said: “In Bury St Edmunds we witness daily queuing on the westbound off slip and back on to the A14 during the morning peak which then causes congestion for others travelling to and from Suffolk.

“We have large scale development at Westley and Fornham which needs to be accommodated and unless we have that urgent, clear and consistent action then things will only get worse.

“I want more firms to set up here. They won’t do it if the daily operation of what they do is crippled by a road that for far too long has been ignored.”

A spokesman for Highways England said it is committed to delivering £2 billion of investment as part of the government’s Roads Investment Strategy to improve the capacity and condition of roads, including the A14, across the East by 2021. He added: “This is only the initial step to improve the area’s major roads. Work is underway to develop the second road investment strategy to deliver long-term improvements.”