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Suffolk: CBI chief John Cridland urges action on widening the A14

09:00 05 October 2012

John Cridland, director general of the CBI, has called for quicker action on improving the A14

John Cridland, director general of the CBI, has called for quicker action on improving the A14

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ONE of the UK’s most senior business figures has urged quicker action on improving the A14.

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John Cridland, director general of the Confederation of British Industry, said the crucial route had been “crying out for improvement for years”.

His call to speed up widening of the road came after a stretch near the Orwell Bridge was closed for more than 30 hours over Wednesday and Thursday.

In July the Department of Transport announced £1.5billion of improvements to the A14 corridor between Cambridge and the A1 at Huntingdon - but work is not expected to start until at least 2018.

Mr Cridland CBE said: “The coalition has a credible growth strategy, but all too often its commendable ideas at the top, simply aren’t getting translated into quick enough action on the ground.

“The widening of the A14 is a case in point. This is a crucial arterial route linking one of our busiest ports at Felixstowe with the Midlands and the North, and has been crying out for improvement for years.

“The project has been announced by the Department for Transport, but work is not due to start until 2018, which is not good enough. If we’re serious about this we need to see action now.”

His views were echoed by Paul Dawson, managing director of Deben Transport.

He said: “Yesterday highlighted the importance of the widening of the A14 with one road out of the busiest container port in the country.

“We have more transport ministers than underpants - they begin understanding the transport needs and then they are moved on to something else.

“They talk the talk but produce nothing. It’s not just the Tories, it’s the last Government too.

“The widening of the A14 - I don’t think it will happen before 2020.

“We have got one access across the River Orwell and they have been talking about a second one for years.”

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3 comments

  • There is little point in widening the A14 between Felixstowe and Copdock UNLESS there is also a plan to add extra lanes to the Orwell Bridge as this will always act as a choke point. I assume Mr Cridland is not that familiar with the area?

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    Malcolm Bell

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • At last !, somebody has agreed that the A14 should have been made a 3 lane Motorway years ago, as our biggest port in the country has expanded, tinkering around the edges and wasting money on useless signs are not the answer, widening the whole road is !! Yes of course it will cost money, but we have always got money to fight wars but not to invest in our infrastructure ?, it's high time that changed !

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    freedomf

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • The money being used to "modernise" the town centre roads should have been allocated to the A14....The town doesnt need more traffic lights and unnessary improvements. The A14 on the other hand is constantly a problem with regular disruptios and many people losing their lives...surely this should be more of a priority!?!?

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    bunny 2shoes

    Friday, October 5, 2012

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