Urgent road plea to PM

HUNTINGDONSHIRE businesses are being urged to petition the Government to press ahead urgently with improvements to the A14. Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce are backing an on-line campaign to speed up improvements to the road and urging everyone who to

HUNTINGDONSHIRE businesses are being urged to petition the Government to press ahead urgently with improvements to the A14.

Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce are backing an on-line campaign to speed up improvements to the road and urging everyone who took part in last year's letter-writing campaign to the Secretary of State of Transport to sign a petition on the Prime Minister's website.

The petition calls on the Government to provide both financial and legislative assistance to speed up improvements to the A14, described by the petitioner as a "killer road".

The petition also calls upon the Government to ensure that the development builds in sufficient capacity to make the road practical for the foreseeable future.

Chambers chief executive John Bridge said: "These petitions run for 12 months but, while the Highways Agency's report from the recent public consultation is yet to be published, it is paramount that everyone affected by the chaos caused by the A14 signs up today.

"This petition has been set up by ordinary people whose lives have been so adversely affected that they are forced to take such drastic measures as starting on-line petitions on the Prime Minister''s own website.

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"It is not just the infrastructure that is at breaking-point, it's the businesses and individuals that are thrown at its mercy on a daily basis that are at breaking-point too."

In November last year, the Chamber launched a letter-writing campaign to the Secretary of State for Transport demanding that the improvements to the A14 be made the key priority for the Highways Agency and that the allocation of necessary funding be provided and irrevocably guaranteed.

INFORMATION: The petition is at http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/A14improve/