A134 from Bury St Edmunds to Thetford and Sudbury, 'blighted by accidents', is recognised for potential investment
A major route from Bury St Edmunds to Thetford and Sudbury, which has been 'blighted by accidents', has been recognised by the Government for potential investment.
The A134 has been placed on the Major Roads Network list, which makes it eligible for funding from a £3.5 billion pot in the National Roads Fund.
Meanwhile, the A1307 between Haverhill and the A11 just outside Cambridge was also included on the list along with the A142 from Newmarket into Cambridgeshire.
It follows lobbying by West Suffolk councillors, MPs, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, Suffolk County Council and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.
Cllr Lance Stanbury, cabinet member for planning and growth at Forest Heath District Council, said it builds on their campaign for upgrades to the A14, which includes junctions 43 and 44 in Bury.
"Anybody who has driven these roads knows how busy they are and the need to improve them," he said.
"We, with partners, have argued long and hard that they need to be given Major Roads Status.
"I am pleased to see that Government have heard our arguments.
"Helping keep West Suffolk on the move so that people, goods and data can flow easily in our area is one of our top priorities.
"It not only helps our local economy, businesses and communities but also the UK as a whole."
Cllr Susan Glossop, cabinet member for cabinet and growth at St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said: "The A134 links Suffolk to Essex, and has been blighted by accidents.
"We hope that money can now be used to improve these roads."
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