Give Lowestoft a third crossing Chancellor - 10,000-strong petition handed over as Osborne puts finishing touches to his budget

Waveney election 2015 count at Water Lane leisure centre, Lowestoft.Conservative candidate Peter Ald

Waveney election 2015 count at Water Lane leisure centre, Lowestoft.Conservative candidate Peter Aldous arrives for the count. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Pressure on the Chancellor to earmark the funds for a third crossing in Lowestoft in next week's budget have been ramped by after a petition with more than 10,000 signataries from people living in the area has been handed over to the government.

Peter Aldous, the MP for Waveney, said a 'strong and compelling' business case had been drawn up ahead of a crunch budget for the long-awaited infrastructure investment.

A total of 10,049 people - including many business people - have told the government how strongly they feel about the need for a new crossing.

'I think the significance of today is that in getting that crossing built to securing the funding for the crossing we must leave no stone unturned. If we rewind back to the budget last year £2m was provided for the business case and we were very much told that the business case had to be prepared for that budget.

'That business case has been prepared and it produced a strong and compelling and evidence-based case for the crossing. It has never been done before. What I am now looking to do with the budget a week away is to emphasise that point.'

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