Plan to drop tolling of A14 welcomed by Huppert

7 November, 2013 No Comments

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert has welcomed the news that plans to toll the A14 have been dropped.

The announcement came today (Wednesday, December 4) from Liberal Democrat Treasury Secretary, Danny Alexander.

Julian said: “I have campaigned for years for improvements to the A14 to make this road safer and end its appalling accident record. But we need improvements that are sustainable and not going to damage Cambridge and surrounding towns and villages.

“I never agreed with tolling. I think it would have resulted in traffic rat-running through our towns and villages to avoid the tolls. That could have meant heavy goods vehicles using side roads bringing danger and congestion to areas where children are walking to school and elderly people are shopping. That does not bear thinking about.

“I believe we can make safety improvements to this road which will save lives and reduce the number of accidents. We also need to do more to improve provision for others along this route. We need high-quality cycle provision along the old A14 route and local access road, and we need more work on rail alternatives, including freight from Felixstowe and reopening the East-West rail line between Cambridge and Oxford, via Bedford and Milton Keynes.”

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