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Business leaders press Government minister over A14 improvements




Jesse Norman, John Dugmore, Jo Churchill and Nick Burfield. Picture: Anna Trevers. (2783344)
Jesse Norman, John Dugmore, Jo Churchill and Nick Burfield. Picture: Anna Trevers. (2783344)

Business leaders have pressed a Government minister about the need for improvements to the A14.

John Dugmore and Nick Burfield, chief executive and policy director at Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, met with Jesse Norman, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department for Transport, at the House of Commons on Wednesday.

It was part of their campaign for £800 million of investment at seven pinch points on the A14 including junctions 43 and 44 in Bury St Edmunds.

Mr Dugmore said: "We wanted to emphasise the importance of the highway not only to local businesses, but as the arterial route for goods passing through Felixstowe to and from the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine.

"I think the Minister got the message about the A14 in Suffolk and we were encouraged by his level of interest and the responses he gave."

Bury MP Jo Churchill, who was also at the meeting, added: "It is vital we continue to push for improvements to this stretch of national strategic infrastructure."

A decision will be announced in the next year.



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