New MPs vow to work together to solve traffic problems on the A1307

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Transport links could improve as newly-elected MPs have pledged to work together to tackle the area’s roads.

Conservatives, Matthew Hancock and Lucy Frazer (who represent west Suffolk and south-east Cambridgeshire respectively), have said they will work together to improve the area’s transport infrastructure.

Particular emphasis has been placed on the A1307, the main road between Haverhill and Cambridge, which runs through both MPs’ constituencies.

Speaking to the Echo, both MPs said that the issues surrounding safety and congestion on the road at peak traffic times was important to their constituents and that they would be looking closely at the problems.

“I have already spoken to Lucy Frazer about how we can work together to improve the A1307,” said Mr Hancock. “We need the right infrastructure in proportion to the population, especially with the new developments in town.

“We have got the project up and running. There is a long way to go yet but I think we are on the same page.”

Mrs Frazer said: “I want to try to find the right answer to the question. I have spoken to a number of people who would be affected by the A1307. I want to listen to what people want.

“All options are still on the table and I will be investigating them all.”

Mr Hancock has been campaigning on the issue of the A1307 and has previously proposed making it into a full dual-carriageway. It is unclear whether this is a solution Mrs Frazer supports.

It has been estimated that about 50 per cent of people in Haverhill commute to work and that about 90 per cent of those who commute use the A1307.

Businesses in the area have also expressed their desire to see improvements made.

“The A1307 is key,” said Helen Chaplin of Haverhill Research Park. “We would love an upgrade to that road. That would be brilliant.”