MP wants an end to road scheme delays

IMMEDIATE action has been called for over plans to make much-needed improvements to one of the region's most notorious roads. West Suffolk MP Richard Spring last night said there had been “endless delays” in a project to dual the busy A11, and urged the Government to “stump up the cash” needed for the multi-million pound scheme.

IMMEDIATE action has been called for over plans to make much-needed improvements to one of the region's most notorious roads.

West Suffolk MP Richard Spring last night said there had been “endless delays” in a project to dual the busy A11, and urged the Government to “stump up the cash” needed for the multi-million pound scheme.

“I cannot believe the endless delays in the funding commitment for this vital project,” said Mr Spring. “Every possible hoop has been gone through and it only awaits final Government clearance. There is absolutely no need for any further stalling of this project.”

Despite being told a decision on funding would be made in spring of this year, Mr Spring said that, according to roads minister Dr Stephen Ladyman MP, no announcement would be imminent due to the local elections.


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Mr Spring said: “The A11 is one of the most dangerous and congested roads in England and really the time has come for the Government, having accepted this, to stump up the money which they have promised.

“I am really therefore immensely disappointed that we now have to wait at least a further month or two before we hear any further news.

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“Nevertheless, I shall continue to press the Government about this crucial matter.”

A spokesman for the Department for Transport said: “The Government is currently considering the regional advice and is in discussions with the region about its priorities. We will be in a position to make a decision in due course.”

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