A14 – Still no certainty

Thursday 19 July 2012

The Chamber responds to the government announcement about the plans for the A14.

Responding to yesterday's announcement about the A14, Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce Chief Executive, John Bridge OBE, said:

"Having campaigned for A14 improvements for nearly 20 years, we welcome today’s announcement as a positive step in the right direction, however there is still no certainty that these proposals will come to fruition. Whilst we support the proposals and believe they deal with the cause of the major problems on the A14, that of volume verses capacity, there are still no guarantees in relation to funding.

"Whilst tolling is not an ideal solution, it may well be a necessary evil as part of the package to get the project moving forward. It is essential however that there is a parallel road so local users will be able to avoid any additional cost of travelling along the corridor.

"We must be realistic and understand that the necessary significant national government funding is subject to the next comprehensive spending review.

"We must also avoid the danger of continuing growth and house building along the A14 corridor on the basis of a promise rather than an absolute commitment to its practical implementation.

"Business expects real speedy action and have considerable concerns due to many previously unfulfilled promises."

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