The campaign set up to persuade the Government to include much-needed improvements to the A14 in Suffolk in its next road building programme has put out the call for anyone affected by delays on this road to share their experiences to build up evidence of the impact that delays are having on residents and businesses.
The first Strategy Board of the No More A14 Delays in Suffolk campaign met on Friday at Suffolk Chamber of Commerce’s Ipswich headquarters. Chaired by Therese Coffey MP, the meeting was attended by a wide range of organisations, including businesses, councils, local enterprise partnerships and representatives from Highways England.
Stephen Britt, chair of Suffolk Chamber’s Transport and Infrastructure Group, said: “our campaign has identified no fewer than 12 ‘pinch points’ along the Suffolk section of this vital national highway.
“These cause problems for businesses in delivery delays and lost orders, for staff in getting into work and for the general public going about their daily lives.
“The Strategy Board has brought together all the major partners in our campaign to build up incontrovertible evidence of the costs of delays on the A14 and to demonstrate the boost to the local and national economy if these are removed.”
Suffolk missed out entirely on the first round of the Government’s Road Investment Strategy (RIS1) which approved major road improvements up to 2020 and the No More A14 Delays In Suffolk campaign is determined that this won’t happen in advance of RIS2 which covers the period 2020 -2025.
Mr Britt added: “Our first milestone is to submit evidence about the impact of A14 delays to Highways England by the autumn of this year. That evidence can be both backed by measurable data, but also by anecdotal accounts of the impact that it is having on businesses and communities.”
Suffolk Chamber has set up Twitter and Facebook accounts and is urging everyone who has experienced delays on the A14 to record the location along the road, the date, the length of time they were delayed and the impact it had on them