Britain's Premier Trade Route

The local and national case for investment

Britain's Premier Trade Route overview

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, Suffolk County Council and our partners are working together to promote road improvements to the A14 between Cambridge and Felixstowe.  

The aim is to bring much needed investment into the county to address some of the major pinch points on Britain's Premier Trade Route to benefit the local and national economy. We are focussing on seven key pinch points along the route in places such as Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds, and Ipswich, all of which will help reduce congestion, improve journey times and reduce accidents and delays. 

Our campaign has the full backing of Suffolk's seven MPs. 

Britain's Premier Trade Route campaign

As part of this collaborative campaigning, Suffolk Chamber is leading the multi-partner Britain's Premier Trade Route campaign to secure: 

  • improvements to key junctions on the A14 at Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket;

  • major maintenance schemes on the A14 between Haughley and Woolpit, and between Copdock and the Orwell Bridge; and

  • a comprehensive feasibility study of the A14 from Cambridge to Felixstowe to address remaining concerns about the A14 and the impact of future growth in the county and across the UK. 

You can download the business case for investment at the seven A14 'pinch points' here.

150 businesses backing campaign for £150m improvements to A14 in Suffolk

The campaign, which is looking to secure £150m of Government funding to address the seven worst pinch points, has now secured the backing of 150 businesses located along its Suffolk stretch. You can view all 150 businesses backing the campaign here.

Our studies show that an investment of just £150m could unlock £ for the UK economy.

Progress & next steps

In spring 2020, the Department for Transport and Highways England published the Roads Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2). Although the A14 in Suffolk was not included in RIS2, Copdock Junction has been earmarked for investment and delivery as part of the pipeline for RIS3, 2025-2030. Suffolk Chamber of Commerce are now working with partners to ensure the fully delivery of Copdock whilst trying to secure additional funding and upgrades to the rest of the A14. 

Britain's Premier Trade will be of key strategic importance following the UK's withdrawal from the EU and partners are working together to deliver upgrades.