“We have listened”, Treasury minister Danny Alexander said today, as he confirmed there would be no toll on an upgrade to the A14.

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At an event for business bosses to outline government investment plans for the next 20 years the Chief Secretary to the Treasury said there would be no delay to the upgrade, due to start in 2016, and the costs would be covered from Treasury coffers.

It is the first public comment from a Treasury minister after the decision to scrap proposals to raise around £300m of the £1.5bn scheme through a charge for drivers.

Mr Alexander also revealed that details of the feasibility study for the A47, linking Great Yarmouth to Peterborough, would published in next year’s Autumn Statement.

He said: “We will be publishing our plan for all those routes by this time next year, and we develop those plans we will also do our best to keep the public as involved as possible, just as we did throughout the process for the A14.

“We set out a consultation exploring the idea of a tolled section of the road.”

He added that the A14 was a “crucial link” to the Haven Ports and the improving the road would also support 10,000 new homes and create local jobs.

“So we have listened to the consultation responses and we have come to the decision that when this road goes ahead in three years time there will be no toll. There will not be any delay in delivery and the costs will be covered,” he added.

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  • We have listened and are making the right noises so you can vote for us, again, and again and again. We know how to get to you and your vote, Its all about the car owning class, their likes and dislikes, so when we said therte is a toll to come for the A14, we did not really mean it.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • "We have listened". What a load of political tripe. They deliberatly put in the piece about tolls, knowing that it would not go down well, then, when this "event" took place they would turn down the tolls and say "we have listened". There must be an election coming up shortly !

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    "V"

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Once those words come out of a politicians mouth it is a certainty that what follows which be of no benefit to those concerned. The only good thing is that by the time 2016 comes around Cameron and his coalition cronies will be gone. The biggest threat this government poses is that it will commit taxpayers to contracts such as the Hospital scam. Where hospitals which would have cost around 2-300 million eventually coast the taxpayer over a billion each. Massive cancellation charges were build into the contracts at the time. This government is hell bent on a railway system that will be useless but costing anything form 50 billion upwards. High speed travel from one city traffic jam to another. Much the same as toll road contracts. I suppose that there will be plenty of directorships available for out of work MPs.

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    norman hall

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • The coalition government previously decided not to go ahead with the A14 plans around Cambridge and Huntingdon because of the high cost. Much more expensive than the completion of dualling on the A11. There is a feasibility study for the A47 corridor (Peterborough to Gt Yarmouth). Reporting to Autumn statement 2014. Last on the relevant A road list in the Government's National Infrastructure Plan 2013. Other studies listed are the A303 direct route from M3 and London M25 to the south west. A27 in Sussex, trans Pennine alternatives to the M62 and A1 north of Newcastle. Cannot see a road serving Norfolk getting funding over the others.

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    Capri

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

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