No More A14 Delays in Suffolk campaign: Highways England welcome study reports
The campaign set up to persuade the Government to include much-needed improvements to the A14 in Suffolk in its next road building programme has welcomed the positive response from officials at Highways England to a study looking at the benefits to be had from addressing the road’s 12 pinch points.
A meeting of the Strategy Board of the No More A14 Delays in Suffolk campaign was held this week at Suffolk Chamber of Commerce’s Ipswich headquarters, and chaired by Jo Churchill MP. The meeting was attended by a wide range of organisations, including businesses, councils, local enterprise partnerships and representatives from Highways England.
The Highways England team welcomed the report from consultants commissioned by Suffolk County Council which demonstrated the potential benefits arising from improvements to key junctions along the A14 between junction 37 at Newmarket to junction 58 to the south east of Ipswich.
The report by WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff showed that should the necessary improvements to all 12 pinch points go ahead, there will be significant economic and employment boosts in the county.
According to Stephen Britt, chair of Suffolk Chamber’s Transport & Infrastructure Board “Highways England’s positive response is another step forward for our campaign to ensure that the A14 in Suffolk is fit for purpose.
“Suffolk missed out entirely on the first round of the Government’s Road Investment Strategy (RIS1) which approved major road improvements up to 2020 and the No More A14 Delays In Suffolk campaign is determined that this won’t happen in advance of RIS2 which covers the period 2020 -2025.”
“We are also grateful to those businesses and individuals who shared their own ancedotal experiences of what A14 delays mean to them. All of these contributions is helping our campaign get the A14 in Suffolk included in RIS2.”
Jo Churchill MP, who chaired the meeting said “Tuesday’s dynamic meeting provided an opportunity to assess the campaign as we push to see the A14 in Suffolk, recognised in the Government’s Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2) for 2020-2025.
“Considering Suffolk’s strategic importance to the region, as well as how we interface with our neighbouring counties and service UK plc, we have identified seven key ‘pinch points’. With the right strategy and funding, upgrading the infrastructure in these areas can deliver significant improvement not only to our roads, but the vitality of our local economy. This is a key driver of this campaign and I look forward to pushing ahead with our bid for RIS2.”