Dr Dan met with Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Councillor James Finch, who has agreed to a meeting looking at 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.
Dr Dan has been contacted by a number of businesses reporting their ongoing 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 Dan has called for this meeting, with the backing of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, to highlight the concerns of these businesses, as well as to address concerns from local residents 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.
Meeting with County Councillor James Finch on Friday morning, Dr Dan said "I am delighted that Cllr Finch has agreed to this meeting; with further development expected in the area, the time has come for improvements at this very busy junction. I would like to see contributions coming from developers, linked to new housing or to industrial development and I am asking Suffolk County Council to ensure that this this vital Highways improvement is escalated as a priority project."
Stephen Britt, Chair of Suffolk Chamber's Transport & Infrastructure Board: "It's good to see Suffolk County Council is willing to enter into early discussions to find solutions to the growing problems surrounding the A140. This road is a key element in Suffolk's infrastructure and is neither fit for the purposes of businesses now leave alone in the future. We are especially pleased that Dr. Dan Poulter has so vigorously taken up the matter with key decision-makers."
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