Government gets A120 campaign petition

AN ESSEX MP yesterday thanked EADT readers after handing over a petition with thousands of signatures to the Government calling for Action for the A120.

By Roddy Ashworth

AN ESSEX MP yesterday thanked EADT readers after handing over a petition with thousands of signatures to the Government calling for Action for the A120.

Mr Henderson presented the petition of more than 2,000 names to Transport Secretary Alastair Darling in the Houses of Parliament.

Before handing the petition over, Mr Henderson told the House of Commons: "I would like to congratulate the East Anglian Daily Times for organising this petition and for its ongoing campaign to support the dualling of the A120.


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"I would also like to thank the more than 2,000 members of the public who signed this petition."

Later, Mr Henderson said he hoped a decision on improvements to the A120 – which has seen a disproportionate number of fatal accidents – could be made within three months.

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"Mr Darling has not made any commitments but he is aware of the importance of the situation and a campaign like this really does make sure that the issue will stay at the top of the agenda.

"You are beginning to see secretaries of state and ministers being aware of the EADT's A120 campaign. You just mention it and they instantly know what the issues are.

"I am hoping it will be dualled for the safety of those travelling on it and for the economy of the area.

"I now believe there will be a decision made on the road sooner rather than later."

The campaign to improve safety on the A120 was launched last year after a string of tragic road accidents on the Tendring stretch of the major road.

In the three month run up to the launch of the campaign three people died on the A120.

The EADT's stance was instantly backed by councillors, MPs, residents and businesses who have all demanded safety improvements.

The EADT and supporters of action for the A120 campaign believe that making the road safer and easier to travel could bring millions of pounds into the economy of north-east Essex.

The improvements would also make Harwich more accessible and more attractive for potential businesses.

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