Suffolk Misses out on Road Improvements

Labour Councillors are angry that there is very little money to alleviate the county’s traffic problems as the announcement this morning of £15billion of road infrastructure improvements ignores the needs of Suffolk motorists.

The Department of Transport have announced the details of £15billion worth of road schemes today, with £1.5billion to be spent in the East of England, but the only money for Suffolk is the addition of new signs and CCTV on the whole of the A12, which will be of little comfort to road users in Lowestoft and other traffic hotspots in the county.

Following the visits of the Prime Minster and the Chancellor of the Exchequer in recent months it had been expected that the announcement would include an announcement on improvements to the much needed third river crossing in Lowestoft and the A12 to Ipswich, but these are not included in the approved schemes.

Much has been achieved in the years before this Tory/Lib Dem government, thanks to the previous Waveney Member for Parliament Bob Blizzard. It is largely as a result of Bob’s work that the Southern Relief Road (Tom Crisp Way) and the Northern Spine Road (Peto Way) got built. And it is entirely as a result of his determination that a third – not a replacement – river crossing is being discussed at all.

The Labour Spokesperson for Roads and Transport Cllr Sandra Gage said; “There has been much political posturing over the third river crossing in recent months, with Suffolk County Council, after years of blatantly ignoring Lowestoft’s traffic plight, promising progress, but without the funding to deliver. Clearly yet again the current Tory MP has been unable to secure the much needed government funding. And Lowestoft looks set, with today’s announcement, to remain blighted economically by gridlocked roads.”

Cllr Gage continued; “Whilst I welcome the proposals for the A14 in Cambridgeshire and A12 in Essex, I do wonder why, yet again, Suffolk’s crumbling road network has been left out”

Notes to Editors
For more information contact:
Cllr Sandra Gage, Opposition Spokesperson for Roads and Transport
Tel: 07714 597998
Email: Sandra.gage@suffolk.gov.uk
Web: http://suffolklabour.org
Twitter: @SuffolkLabour

The full list of road improvements for the east of England can be found at
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/major-roads-investment-in-the-east-of-england

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