16 OCT 2013

Therese Presses New Roads Minister Over Proposed A14 Toll

Today in Parliament, Therese led a debate on the A14, pressing the case to the new Roads Minister, Robert Goodwill MP, that the upgrade shouldn't be the only improvement scheme to be singled out for a toll.

She was supported in the debate by other Suffolk MPs Ben Gummer, Peter Aldous and David Ruffley.

Therese said: "The Government has singled out through users of the A14 for tolling while no other major road improvement scheme planned in the next 10 years is to be tolled. This effectively amounts to a tax on businesses in East Anglia which is bad news for one of the leading growth areas for UK PLC. While I am convinced that the Port of Felixstowe will continue to invest to compete, putting a toll on one of its key routes is a real risk. This will also have an impact on wider industry - which is why the business community has come out against this."

Therese added: "Users already feel they pay their share and don't want to be singled out for a toll while other improvement schemes continue to be fully financed. Singling out the A14 seems arbitrary and somewhat unfair. "

Therese added: "The Minister committed to having regular meetings with the freight industry and the Transport Secretary has already promised a meeting with the Chamber of Commerce and local MPs. I am also pushing for a meeting with the Prime Minister. The consultation on the A14 has now closed but the campaign continues."

Therese has had hundreds of responses back to her petition that she will present in Parliament but is still encouraging people to send their petitions in. You can download a copy of the petition from (http://www.theresecoffeymp.com/a14/) and send it back freepost. With sufficient public support she hopes to get the toll removed.


















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