changes to road funding
In January 2006, Richard led a
Long Stratton delegation to meet
with the Roads Minister
South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon has written to Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly, asking her when the regional road funding mechanism will be adjusted to allow locally important schemes like the A140 Long Stratton bypass to be built, as a new report finds that locally important road schemes do not get appropriate priority.
Mr Bacon was speaking as the Commons public accounts committee published
its report into estimating and monitoring the costs of building roads in
The report calls for specific funds to be made available for small schemes to meet local problems and for major strategic schemes to be funded nationally, rather than absorbing regional budgets.
Mr Bacon said today: “The A140 Long Stratton
bypass is ready to go once funding is agreed, but by only funding
roadbuilding schemes of ‘regional’ importance, the government has
effectively excluded roads such as the Long Stratton bypass from ever
being constructed. According to the Department’s criteria, the bypass is
not of ‘regional’ significance but as the main road linking Norwich and
Ipswich it is enormously important locally”.
8 November 2007
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