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Regional backing for MP's A14 campaign

October 16, 2007 12:37 PM

Lib Dems in the East of England have backed David Howarth's campaign to move lorries off the A14.

At the East of England Liberal Democrat Conference on Saturday, representatives unanimously backed a motion calling for major improvements to the rail freight line between the port of Felixstowe and the Midlands to move freight off the A14. Cambridge Councillors Kevin Wilkins, Joye Rosenstiel and Colin Rosenstiel joined Mr Howarth in speaking in favour of the policy.

Mr Howarth commented:

"The A14 has six times the number of accidents as other roads and far too many of these involve lorries. This road was never designed to take this weight of traffic and so we need freight to move off the A14 and on to rail.

"However the Government has continued to drag its feet over the necessary improvements to the rail link between the Felixstowe and the Midlands and Ireland which would move much of the freight onto the railway.

"Millions of pounds of European funding would have been available but the Government failed to prepare a bid and so the project is yet again on hold. This is unacceptable."

County Councillor for West Chesterton, Kevin Wilkins, proposed the motion. He added:

David Howarth MP in the House of Commons

David Howarth MP

"Freight travels all the way across Europe by rail and then when it reaches Felixstowe it is forced to travel along the A14, making the road congested and dangerous. It is a disgrace that we do not have an adequate rail freight link to the Midlands."