A14: Fears for ports after A14 toll road plans receive Government rubber stamp of approval

The controversial A14 toll road could have a negative impact on the regions ports, the leader of a

The controversial A14 toll road could have a negative impact on the regions ports, the leader of a body of East Anglia businesses has warned. - Credit: Archant

The controversial A14 toll road could have a negative impact on the region’s ports, the leader of a body of East Anglia businesses has warned.

The Government yesterday approved plans to start construction on a toll road for the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon – with work brought forward by two years to start 2016.

But after welcoming news that £2billion had been pledged to a new Single Local Growth Fund for Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), Andy Wood, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership chairman, raised concerns over the A14 toll roads.

“We are pleased to see the Government commit to improving the A14 which is a critical road artery for the region,” he said.

“New Anglia LEP is committing funding towards this project because of its strategic importance.

“However, we have raised our concerns with the Government of plans for it to be a toll road and the negative impact this could have on our ports.”

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