Dr Dan Poulter today met with a number of local businesses calling for urgent improvements on the A140.
Mid Suffolk Business Park, located adjacent to the former site of Eye Airfield, plays host to a number of haulage and light industrial businesses who have been attracted to the area by the strong transport and infrastructure links, with the A140 being a key route. Not only is the road the key route between Ipswich and Norwich, but it also carries through traffic from the Midlands and from the Port of Felixstowe, linking directly with the A14.
Many businesses are reporting concerns about access to and from their business bases on the Industrial Park, with lengthy queues and delays entering and exiting the area. The main access into the Industrial Park is via an incredibly busy junction and the flow of traffic is all too regularly slowed or halted by vehicles attempting to enter or leave the site, creating the further risk of accidents or diminished road safety,
Dr Poulter has been approached by a number of these businesses and shares their concerns, particularly in light of the projected growth in nearby housing in nearby Eye and Diss, but also given the strong track record of businesses flourishing and experiencing growth in the area. Coupled with the proposed new gas power station operating from Eye Airfield, Dr Poulter is now calling for urgent action to be taken in addressing this situation.
Aside from access to and from the Industrial Park being difficult, there are also a number of concerns around accidents at the site with a number of road traffic collisions being previously recorded. It is felt by many that the development of a roundabout at this site would significantly help to improve the flow of traffic and reduce the risk of further accidents.
Dr Dan is delighted that businesses here seem to be flourishing and growing, all providing welcome employment opportunities for those living nearby, but he fully empathises with the frustration caused by such poor access to and from their business premises. For businesses operating in the road haulage or supply chain sector, scheduling is absolutely critical and delays such as those experienced at this junction are simply unhelpful at best and potentially detrimental to the flow of business.
With further development expected in the area, the time has come for improvements at this very busy junction. Dr Dan would like to see contributions coming from developers, linked to new housing or to industrial development and he is asking Suffolk County Council to ensure that this this vital Highways improvement is escalated as a priority project.
As a Member of Parliament, Dr Dan is often approached by constituents with their individual concerns, but it is also important to address the needs of businesses within the constituency and to help wherever possible.
Echoing Dr Dan's views, John Dugmore, Chief Executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce commented "One of our key strategic campaigning themes is to ensure that Suffolk's road and rail network is fit for purpose and helps - not hinders - our economy's incredible potential.
"We very much welcome Dr Dan Poulter's continued involvement in pushing for improvements to the A140, a vital economic artery for our region, and look forward to working with him to persuade the County Council to make the much-needed improvements."
Businesses meeting with Dr Dan included Anchor Storage, Anglia Freight, Bartrum Road Services and Permastore.
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