20 JUL 2017

Therese Welcomes New Transport Strategy for A12 & A14

Therese has welcomed the Government's new Transport Investment Strategy, which gives Suffolk significant opportunity to benefit from infrastructure investment. Crucially, the strategy seeks to support every part of the country under a new rebalancing measure and prioritises investment that increases productivity, growth and deals with congestion. It also seeks to ensure that the road and rail network are working in harmony.

Therese said, "I warmly welcome the Government's Transport Investment Strategy – which gives us the opportunity to put forward an excellent case for infrastructure improvements here in Suffolk. The strategy specifically refers to creating a new category of road called the major road network, which are those roads managed by councils but are key for economic prosperity. With our councils and LEP focusing on increasing growth, it is essential that we ensure the A12 becomes part of that network. The development of Sizewell C is a key catalyst for seeking infrastructure improvements and I'm pleased that the council is continuing to work up the Suffolk Energy Gateway scheme and expect to benefit from government investment."

Therese added, "The strategy also focuses on ports and connectivity. We are already benefiting from improvements to the A14 at Cambridge which is creating new capacity on the key route to Felixstowe but the report gives us an opportunity to press the case on further A14 improvements in Suffolk and getting more freight on to the railway."

For more information on the strategy see - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/transport-investment-strategy

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