28 NOV 2018

East Suffolk MPs meet Roads Minister to push for vital improvements to A12

East Suffolk's three MPs, Dr Dan Poulter, Mr Peter Aldous and Dr Therese Coffey, and Suffolk County Council Leader, Cllr Matthew Hicks have met with Roads Minister, Jesse Norman, to press the case for improvements to the A12, specifically a four villages bypass.

With EDF launching Stage 3 of its public consultation only last week for its proposals for a new nuclear power station at Sizewell, and the development of Sizewell C becoming increasingly dependent on road infrastructure improvements here in East Suffolk, the MPs seized their opportunity to secure a meeting with the Roads Minister

There has been a strong case for a Four Villages Bypass for many years now, and with the development of Suffolk's Energy Coast, bringing with it the prospect of economic growth and a boost to local jobs, not to mention the benefits on offer to the county's tourism industry, the MPs felt it important to press the case for much needed improvements to the A12 with the Minister.

With a proposed four villages bypass likely to cost in excess of £150 million, the funding requirement is significant and will require all stakeholders to work collaboratively in order to match fund any potential Government money.

Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Dan Poulter, said "I am particularly mindful of the challenges faced by those residents living in the four villages of Marlesford, Little Glemham, Stratford St Andrew and Farnham who are deserving of a bypass in order to both decongest the villages, as well as to improve traffic speeds and flow."

"However with a new bypass likely to cost upwards of £150 million, there is a very clear case now for EDF to seriously up its game in terms of its financial contribution to a bypass and I will continue to work closely with my colleagues in Parliament as we make the case for funding."

MP for Suffolk Coastal, Dr Therese Coffey added "'Improving the A12 is a shared objective recognising the needs for the proposed nuclear power station and other energy projects as well as the ambitious growth plans of the local councils."

"This was a constructive meeting with the Minister and we will keep working together for the SEGWAY to come into reality. "

Waveney MP Peter Aldous commented:- "An improved A12 to Lowestoft is vitally important to the Waveney economy and will help attract new business to the area. It was good to have the opportunity to highlight this to the Minister and to tell him about Waveney's great potential that infrastructure improvements can unlock."

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