10,000 back third crossing

An MP's petition to solve one of Lowestoft's oldest transport problems has passed the 10,000 signature landmark. Waveney MP Bob Blizzard launched his bid three months ago to convince the government's Highways Agency to build a third crossing over Lake Lothing and ease congestion at the town's existing traffic pinch-points at the A12 Bascule Bridge in the town centre and the Mutford Lock Bridge in Oulton Broad.

An MP's petition to solve one of Lowestoft's oldest transport problems has passed the 10,000 signature landmark.

Waveney MP Bob Blizzard launched his bid three months ago to convince the government's Highways Agency to build a third crossing over Lake Lothing and ease congestion at the town's existing traffic pinch-points at the A12 Bascule Bridge in the town centre and the Mutford Lock Bridge in Oulton Broad.

The campaign, described by the MP as the “petition of all petitions”, has attracted the support of thousands of townspeople, shops and businesses.

Mr Blizzard said: “I am delighted that we have reached this figure. Everybody who lives in Lowestoft knows a third river crossing is essential.

“The town is continuing to grow and the weaknesses of the transport system will be exposed, highlighting the need for a third crossing even further. We cannot allow the situation to get any worse.”

The petition calls for Suffolk County Council to 'support a third crossing so that a scheme can be taken forward to government through the Highways Agency and the regional prioritisation process'.

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Mr Blizzard added: “A proposal for a third crossing can't be considered by government until the local highway authority includes it in its formal transport and structure plans.”

Suffolk County Council had previously questioned if a third crossing was the most cost-effective way of relieving traffic congestion in Lowestoft and said Mr Blizzard should use his influence to seek funding direct from government transport chiefs.

The petition is still available on Mr Blizzard's website www.bob-blizzard.co.uk and in Lowestoft town centre shops.

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