The Local Economy

150 businesses call for ‘transformational’ £150m improvements to the A14

After over three years of evidence gathering and building considerable public support, the campaign to secure Government investment into the A14 in Suffolk is making its concluding case – ahead of an expected announcement later in the year.

The Suffolk Chamber of Commerce-led 'No More A14 Delays in Suffolk' has been building the business case for what is seen by most commentators as ‘Britain’s Premier Trade Route’ because of the amount of goods running along it to and from the Port of Felixstowe.

The campaign, which is looking to secure £150m from the second Roads Investment Strategy (RIS2) to address the seven worst pinch points, has now secured the backing of 150 businesses located along its Suffolk stretch.

Mark Pendlington, chair of the Suffolk chamber of Commerce-led A14 Strategy Board, has now written to the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, secretary of state for transport and others, demonstrating the level of support for the campaign and the boost to jobs and prosperity it would create more generally if successful.

Mark said: “We have demonstrated how an investment of £150m could be transformational, with a return on that investment to the national economy of £1.5bn. Which is why we see the A14 in Suffolk as the ‘golden thread’ running through our economy that has the potential to further boost business growth, and to attract and secure more jobs and inward investment in our growing economy.”

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