30 November 2011
Council's response to A14
Following on from the extensive lobbying which we and other local interests have been undertaking we are delighted that within the budget announcement, the Chancellor has given his backing to a scheme for the A14 being brought forward.
The Government will invest £20 million to reduce congestion on the A14 including measures to improve junctions and increase resilience.
The A14 is one of the country's most congested roads and an upgrade of this vital route had long been a high priority for Huntingdonshire District Council, and we welcome any plans that bring this essential improvement forward to help reduce congestion and support businesses.
We are committed to playing our part in helping to bring a cost effective scheme forward and looking closely at the impacts of the options available.
This announcement will be welcomed by businesses within the district, and will also encourage businesses to invest here which will generate further growth in the area. Improvements to the A14 are vital to unlocking business opportunities at new developments such as Alconbury and its Enterprise Zone.
Councillor Jason Ablewhite, Executive Leader said: “If the project is thought through properly it could be "a win win situation" with everyone involved including businesses. We are one of the fastest developing areas in the country and we need the right infrastructure to develop and prosper.
“When the A14 Study proceeds I welcome the representation of the District Council on both the Steering Group and Project Board, and we will remain a proactive partner in taking that work forward in seeking a sustainable solution that will meet the needs of our district as a whole for many years to come.”