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Bury St Edmunds MP raises concerns with Minister over congestion on the A14

Gridlock on the A14 near Stowmarket ANL-150417-162745001
Gridlock on the A14 near Stowmarket ANL-150417-162745001

Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill has pledged to maintain pressure on the Government to ensure adequate road improvements are made to the A14.

As chairman of the No More A14 Delays campaign Mrs Churchill called for more improvement to the road which she says already struggles with congestion at intersections between Bury and Stowmarket.

During the first Parliamentary oral question session after the Autumn statement Mrs Churchill said: “I welcome all those measures to boost productivity and particularly, to turn attention to infrastructure and the specifics for the East of England.

“But given the strategic importance of the A14 trunk road - linking Felixstowe Port with Cambridge and the rest of the country - as well as its significance towards 80 per cent of businesses in Suffolk, would the minister agree with me that further improvements to a road he knows well be vital to productivity?”

Financial Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke responsed that £1.5million was already being invested to cut congestion including a new 21-mile road between Huntingdon and Cambridge.

Mrs Churchill said afterwards: “The A14 is rightly referred to as the ‘lifeblood’ of the Eastern economy, yet its vitality is more than just about boosting frieght business.”

The Bury to Stowmarket stretch served local business, tourism and leisure. Unchecked congestion would halt growth and expansion.


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