Matthew Hancock MP to hold Brandon relief road public meeting on January 10

Matthew Hancock MP
Matthew Hancock MP

Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk and Elizabeth Truss, MP South West Norfolk will hold a public meeting on Friday 10 January about the proposed Brandon relief road.

The public meeting will be an opportunity for Brandon and Weeting residents to learn more about the proposed Brandon Relief Road and plans for development.

Forest Heath District Council and Suffolk County Council representatives will also attend as well as representatives from Breckland and Norfolk County Councils.

At a public meeting earlier this year about Brandon’s problematic level crossing, Network Rail confirmed that they would fund a replacement bridge across the railway as part of a future relief road for the town which would provide the only comprehensive solution to ease the congestion problems and would mean the level crossing would no longer be required.

The bridge will form a vital part of the relief road plan which is currently under discussion.

The skills minister said: “It is vital that residents have an opportunity to voice their concerns.

“I am keen to hear their views about the relief road and development plans.

“The economic benefits for Brandon will be considerable, at the same time opening up the whole of East Anglia for tourism and business.”

Elizabeth Truss MP said: “I am keen to see a long term solution to the Brandon Rail Crossing.

“With future ambitions for a half hourly service on the Norwich-Cambridge line, a more efficient system needs to be in place on the crossing.

“Any future plans need to command the support of the local community – that is why I have been clear about not supporting development in Breckland.

“It is therefore extremely important that the views of residents and businesses in my South West Norfolk Constituency are fully considered and I would urge all to attend the meeting on 10th January 2014.”

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (January 2) Echo.