March 7 2014 Latest news:
Annabelle Dickson, Political Editor
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
“We have listened”, Treasury minister Danny Alexander said today, as he confirmed there would be no toll on an upgrade to the A14.
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.