Freight News, Logistics, Road

FTA calls for upgrade to west of England route

[ June 17, 2020   //   ]

One month before the deadline for a ministerial decision on the Development Consent Order for the A303 improvement scheme, Freight Transport Association policy manager Chris Yarsley is urging the government to decide in favour. He said: “This initiative is vital to solving the reliability, congestion and safety issues along this corridor. The UK needs efficient and effective road transport networks to function properly, but the issues with the A303 have long blighted economic and social growth in the region. The plans, which include dualling of the remaining single carriageway sections and the creation of a tunnel by Stonehenge, would significantly improve infrastructure in the South West while supporting tourism and the respecting the region’s heritage by removing the busy road from view of the monument. With the A303 such a crucial corridor for both the tourism and logistics industries, it must be fit for purpose and able to support both sustainably and effectively. FTA has been campaigning for several years to see this scheme come to fruition; now, we urge the government to make the right decision for the future of the South West.”

(More in the Wales & West report in the forthcoming printed issue of FBJ – FBJ 5 2020)

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