Haverhill business leaders hit out at ‘disappointing’ A1307 report
Leaders of Haverhill and Suffolk Chambers of Commerce have hit out at what they say is a ‘disappointing’ report on dualling the A1307.
A group of campaigning business leaders is meeting following a draft report on the A1307 between Haverhill and Cambridge by the Greater Cambridge City Deal which says the business cases for either a rail or dual carriageway link offer ‘poor value for money’
Paul Donno, chairman of Haverhill Chamber of Commerce who will host the meeting, said: “The A1307 between Haverhill and Cambridge is no longer fit for purpose and unless a commitment to make real investment is made then the local and regional economy will suffer.”
The campaign to dual the A1307 was launched in October 2015 by Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and was hosted by Culina with support from West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock and Nikos Savvas, board director of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.
Since then business leaders have worked hard to maintain the prominence of the campaign with its strategic partners, the public and the Government which included a meeting, hosted by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, at the House of Commons with Roads Minister Andrew Jones in December.
Sarah Howard, chairwoman of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, who has a business in Haverhill, said: “The A1307 is a very busy road with severe traffic congestion occurring every day particularly during peak commuter times.
“The road is a key arterial link for Haverhill industry and commerce to the strategic road network and beyond. It has great importance to future economic growth.”
The campaign group has written to the chairman of the Greater Cambridge City Deal, Cllr Lewis Herbert, highlighting that the road has a tragic history of serious injuries with sections continually designated as ‘very high risk.’
Mr Donno added: “It is clear to local businesses big and small that the limited improvements being recommended by the Greater Cambridge City Deal are not acceptable and show a lack of understanding of the dire need to address the A1307.
“Our meeting will look at how we continue to raise the crucial importance of the road and how the planned growth of Haverhill and the development of the Haverhill Research Park will further exacerbate the problems we experience every day.”