A14 upgrade - the story so far
The Chamber urged the government to view improvement programme as an investment in the region’s economic capabilities and not treat it as an unnecessary cost.
“The unpredictability of the A14 and its inability to cope with the demands being placed upon it on a daily basis are having an adverse effect on business productivity and on the quality of life of those who area at its mercy every time an accident occurs.”
We organised a successful letter-writing campaign to highlight the importance of the A14 upgrade to the Government after ministers refused to discuss the issue with local MPs.
“This project is a key component of our region’s economic capabilities and investment in its upgrade is crucial not just for Cambridgeshire but the surrounding region. The renewal of transport infrastructure simply must continue if we are to create jobs and wealth, even in the face of the toughest public spending climate in decades.”
The Chamber wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport urging him to move responsibility for upgrading the A14 to the newly-appointed Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC).
“There is no doubt in my mind that the upgrade of the A14 is of national significance, and I can see no more appropriate a candidate for the Commission’s attention. It is absolutely critical that the crucial decisions on infrastructure projects, which are vital to economic recovery, are taken and implemented without delay.”
We urged the then Secretary of State for Transport Lord Adonis to keep the A14 in the government’s programme of planned major improvements after he warned that ‘projects can drop out of the programme at any point up to the commitment of funds’.
“This week’s chaos should act as a stark warning to Lord Adonis and his department that funding for these desperately-needed improvements should never be in question.”