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Jonathan Djanogly MP: A14 upgrade to go ahead with full support of the Government and local partners


27th June 2013

Speaking in the House of Commons today (27 June 2013) Jonathan Djanogly, MP for the Huntingdon constituency, welcomed the announcement by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury that the upgrade of the A14 is a priority project for this government.

The Chief Secretary today announced the Government’s support for the A14 upgrade by committing government funding towards the £1.5billion project. The region, including Local Authorities and the Local Enterprise Partnership is also expected to contribute up to £100million within the overall figure.

The construction of the new road to run alongside the existing A14, is now intended to begin in 2016, two years earlier than the originally envisaged start date of 2018. The Department for Transport will now move forwards to the planning stage and the appointment of a developer.

Jonathan Djanogly MP, who has been at the forefront of the campaign over the last decade since the original CHUMMS consultation said:

‘Today's announcement by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury is excellent news for my constituents in Huntingdonshire and for the economic prospects of the entire Eastern region. If traffic looks bad on the A14 now with it operating virtually at full capacity, this is nothing compared to the disastrous gridlock we shall have when the economy picks up again. That is why we must go ahead and improve this road now and why I have been campaigning for so long on this issue. I am very pleased that the Government has now recognised the critical need to upgrade the A14.’

‘Local MPs, Councils, business leaders and the Local Enterprise Partnership have put a great deal of work into leading a strong campaign for a better A14 and I am pleased to say that the Chief Secretary’s announcement today is the successful outcome of that sustained effort.’

FULL TEXT:

Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon) (Con): The investment of £1.5 billion in the A14 and the bringing forward of the project will be welcomed by my constituents and many people and businesses throughout the east of the country. Will the Chief Secretary say a little more about how the requirement for money will be split between central Government, the region and local businesses?

Danny Alexander: The Department for Transport will make an announcement on that in due course. The point I am making today is that we have set aside the funding for delivering the project as planned, bringing the start date forward by two years to 2016. The road is one of the most important and clogged up economic arteries in our country and we need to invest in it to ensure we get our economy moving.

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