December 11 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Prime minister David Cameron said he would discuss MPs concerns about plans to toll the A14 with the Chancellor - but made no promises he would reconsider the proposals.
During a meeting in London with six of the seven Suffolk MPs, concerns that the A14 is being singled out for the charge, which could have a detrimental impact on the region, were raised.
The Suffolk MPs - apart from health minister Dan Poulter who was in the Commons chamber - lobbied their leader over the impact the toll to help pay for the £1.5bn project could have across the East of England.
The EDP believes that the toll will not just have an impact on Suffolk, but the whole region and is campaigning against the toll.
Car drivers could have to pay up to £1.50 to use the road between Cambridge and Huntingdon, with lorries paying double that sum, if plans for the first new toll route in the UK since a 27-mile stretch of the M6 between Birmingham and Wolverhampton opened in 2003 are given the go-ahead.
Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey said: “It was a very constructive meeting with all MPs contributing. The prime minister listened intently to our concerns and said he would discuss the matter further with the chancellor.
“He did not make any promises but we would not expect that at this time.
She added: “We put across a strong case on behalf of Suffolk residents and businesses. We will continue to do so with the Secretary of State for Transport, the Treasury and the Highways Agency.”
South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo said: “All six of us left the Prime Minister in no doubt about the strength of the opposition to this proposal throughout Suffolk.
He added: “There is an urgent need for improvements to the A14 but the proposal in its current form, whereby lorries will have no alternative route available, is not acceptable.”