Options for this A120 expansion.

After three years is there an end in sight for an agreed route? What are the options of the Highway Agency and the Ministry of Transport?

Arguably there are a number of options open.

1) Another public consultation.
Will this put into the public arena another preferred route? How many routes will be put forward? How long will it take and would all the lobbying have to start again?

2) Cancelling the project.
What would happen if the project was cancelled? Both the existing A120 and the A12 cannot cope with the level of traffic. If the project is cancelled then what is to be done with the existing road network which seriously needs updating? One major concern is Galleys roundabout.

3) Signing off the route.
The result from initating the 'Proposed Southern Route' would be legal action. The opposition to the route is strong, and getting stronger.

4) Support for another route.
The promotion of an alternative route by the local communities gives the decision makers the opportunity to utilise this option, and identify an alternative route. This would get the road built and the traffic moving.

So what is to be done?


Trans European Network funding.

Notes of the meeting of the Regional Planning Panel

12 December 2007

held at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

7.3. The Regional Planning Panel agreed to:

1 note the report;

2 support the possibility of Trans European Network funding for feasibility studies in relation to a third crossing of the River Yare and improvement of the A120 Braintree to Marks Tey, provided matched funding for these studies can be found; and

3 register its extreme disappointment about the lack of progress made regarding obtaining Trans European Network funding for further improvement of the Felixstowe-Nuneaton rail line and request that an urgent meeting be held with Network Rail and the Government Office for the East of England to fully understand the reasons for this.

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