Region prepares for budget boost after PM visits Suffolk

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to workers during a visit to Felixstowe Port in Suffolk. PRESS A

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to workers during a visit to Felixstowe Port in Suffolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 15, 2016. Cameron has warned that Britain has "100 days to secure our future" as the mastermind behind his general election victory said the EU referendum is hanging in the balance. See PA story POLITICS EU. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Politicians across the region are hoping for good news on major infrastructure projects from today’s Budget.

They are hoping the Chancellor, George Osborne, will follow on from his boss after the Prime Minister, David Cameron, revealed that the long-awaited third crossing in Lowestoft is to go ahead.

The PM made the revelation about the third crossing during yesterday’s visit to Felixstowe to help boost the “Stay In” campaign for the EU referendum.

However he did not have such good news for those hoping to see a new Wet Dock Crossing in Ipswich.

He told the audience of port workers and local business and political leaders: “As for the Wet Dock in Ipswich we’re still looking at that. We’re still hopeful of making progress but I cannot tell you any more about that today.”

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Some were suggesting that his comment about not saying anymore “today” did not rule out a mention of the project in the Chancellor’s budget statement.

And politicians from this region believe that today’s budget could contain good news about several major infrastructure programmes that are being promoted across East Anglia.

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These could include a promise of more investment in Network Rail’s Great Eastern Main Line and other routes that need improvement once a long-term rail franchise has been agreed.

There have been calls for more money to be spent by Highways England on major improvements to the A14 to ease congestion in addition to the rebuilding of the road between Cambridge and Huntingdon which is due to start later this year or in early 2017.

Flood protection schemes and investment in new hospital developments could also be included.

This region continues to be seen as crucial by the government – as seen by Mr Cameron’s visit to Felixstowe yesterday, his second trip to Suffolk in a fortnight. While his major message has been to boost support for the Stay campaign in the June referendum, the Prime Minister was also keen to see the expansion work that has taken place at Felixstowe Port since his last visit in February last year.

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