Is this the road to recovery? June 2013

News of improvement to the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon is to be welcomed. Anyone who’s tried to travel that section during rush hour will know only too well what a complete bottleneck that is.
It’s good news but it comes with a big “but”…
It seems somewhat harsh on all that regularly use the route that they’re going to have to dip into their pockets to use it. It’s not entirely fair bearing how much this region contributes to the UK economy. And don’t get me started about where revenues from road tax go!
We have one of the UK’s largest port complexes on our doorstep, yet road and rail links to this region are pitifully poor and have suffered from a woeful lack of investment.
So for those of us reliant on the Orwell Bridge, a funnel for traffic on the A12 and A14, it’s business as usual. And by that I mean regular tailbacks. There was a problem on it yesterday, and there are problems on it today too – eastbound and westbound in the same morning!
If like me, it’s a road you use regularly, then you’re all too familiar with the need to call ahead to advise that once again you’re “stuck in traffic”.
It takes so little to gum up the works and we have no viable alternatives. Ipswich town centre is often solid with traffic too and it’s yet to be demonstrated that recent road improvements have made a significant difference to traffic flow.
While the UK’s in a position of static growth, we can probably live with it, and struggle through even with the massive house building programme being foisted on us.
But when the upturn comes, as I very fervently believe it will, this underinvestment in leaves us seriously disadvantaged.

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Vanessa Penn

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Vanessa Penn was formerly Director of Commercial Agency for Countrywide Commercial, Bradford & Bingley and Douglas Duff part of Erinaceous Plc. Vanessa now runs her own agency Penn Commercial located in Ipswich, Suffolk www.penncommercial.co.uk. Penn Commercial boasts a number of local, regional and national clients and has formed an excellent and loyal client base.
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