Stewart Jackson MP has welcomed the announcement of £1.5 billion of new investment in East of England infrastructure – dealing with problems on the roads and supporting jobs and growth.
This massive investment will update major corridors in the East of England including the A14, A21, A1(M) and M11, building on the radical overhaul since 2010 with improvements to the A14 and the A11 – and making life easier for businesses and motorists.
This is part of a £15.2 billion Roads Investment Strategy setting out how the government will invest in the roads network in England between 2015/16 and 2020/21 – with over 100 major schemes planned in total.
In Peterborough, people will particularly benefit from upgrades at the A47 which is receiving £300 million to transform the A47 around Peterborough, Norwich and Great Yarmouth. This includes dualling the road from Peterborough to the A1. There will also be £1.5 billion improvement to the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon, improving Peterborough’s links to Cambridge. To the South, a strategic study will examine the future of the A1 between Peterborough and the M25, including whether to upgrade the old dual carriageway section to motorway standard.
Mr Jackson has been campaigning for changes and met Roads Minister, Robert Goodwill MP, as part of his A47 road trip to discuss the importance of the A47 and the problems which needed addressing.
Stewart Jackson MP said:
“Shailesh Vara, MP for North West Cambridgeshire and I were delighted to welcome the Secretary of State for Education the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP to Peterborough to discuss the importance of these changes and improvements.”
“This is fantastic news for motorists and businesses in Peterborough who have had to live with the consequences of underinvestment in roads in our area.”
“The 15 new schemes announced across the East of England will go a long way to fixing these problems. And most locally we’ll particularly benefit from the dualling of the A47, as well as improvements in connecting Peterborough to Cambridge via the A14 and the A1 to the South.”
“By fixing Britain’s roads the Conservatives are supporting local businesses, helping them to create more jobs and making life easier for the hardworking taxpayers in Peterborough who rely on them to get around”.
George Osborne, Chancellor for the Exchequer, said:
“Because we Conservatives have been working through our Long Term Economic Plan over the last four years, we are able to invest an unprecedented sum into the East of England. Today I am committing a further £1.5 billion of new funding for roads in the East of England.
“For years these roads have suffered from underinvestment, resulting in congestion and delays. This has brought misery to motorists and undermined growth prospects of businesses. This new investment will help deal with these issues, creating jobs and opportunities for hardworking taxpayers throughout the East of England. This never would have happened without the strong voice of Conservative MPs and candidates”.