Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 15°C

Search
Suffolk Business Awards 2018 Tickets

Suffolk: Mid Suffolk District Council opposes proposal to toll A14

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 September 2013

Mid Suffolk District Council is against proposals to toll the A14

Mid Suffolk District Council is against proposals to toll the A14

Archant

A Suffolk council has voted unanimously against proposals to toll part of the A14.

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and Suffolk County Council have both said they would oppose the toll on the major trunk road.

Mid Suffolk District Council has said it is also in opposition to the plans over fears on how it could effect the economy.

Council leader Derrick Haley said: “I think it’s an important issue for everyone in Suffolk. It’s a major national road which goes from Felixstowe to the Midlands and everywhere else in the country.

“The only trunk road that has a toll – the M6 – is hardly ever used at all.

“We are not against the upgrading – we all travel on the road – and it’s disastrous – but why should we have to pay for it?

“We should support our local businesses because they will have to pay the bill. I think it’s important that we support the people in Suffolk who we represent.”

The Government wants to upgrade the A14 in Cambridgeshire and fund the work through tolls.

It is estimated the tolls could cost the Suffolk economy at least £5.7million a year.

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has launched its “No Toll Tax on Suffolk” campaign against the proposals.

Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s roads and transport cabinet member has said it would be an “unfair tax” and called on the Government to listen to the views of businesses.

But deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has defended the strategy and said the plans to charge people were a “sign of the times”.

He said it was a “difficult dilemma” but the cost would have to be shared between taxpayers and road users. Motorists are expected to pay between £1 to £3 to use the road.

Passengers on Greater Anglia trains are facing huge delays – until the end of the day – due to damage to overhead lines in Essex.

A former Ipswich mayor has welcomed news of an annual Windrush Day celebration – but said it won’t compensate for the treatment of those affected by the ‘hostile environment’ immigration policy.

Framlingham singer Ed Sheeran has been spotted wearing an Ipswich Town shirt at his latest gig in London.

MPs in Suffolk and Essex are pressing Greater Anglia and Network Rail for answers after repairs to a cracked track caused severe disruption on the line to London this week.

A church in Ipswich held an open day on Saturday to provide a place for quiet contemplation following the violence that has erupted in the town over the last two weeks.

An annual fundraising event took place under a new name this year but with the usual level of huge support to help raise more than £105,000 for charity.

These days I often forget why I’ve come into the kitchen, but take me to a Steps concert and I can remember every word from my teens.

Young patients who have finished chemotherapy at Ipswich Hospital can now ring a special bell to celebrate the end of their treatment and mark the start of the next chapter of their lives.

Highways England have released a full list of the work they will be carrying out on our roads this week.

The last seven months have brought a wealth of new experiences for Leia Dowsing as she continues on her journey to becoming a police detective.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24