The A120 campaign held its final leg of the A120 business roadshow at Stansted yesterday (Friday 11th December), jointly held with local MP Sir Alan Haselhurst and Cllr Howard Rolfe, Leader of Uttlesford District Council. Nearly 50 businesses operating in and around Stansted joined the meeting to lend their support for investment in the A120.
L - R: George Kieffer, Sir Alan Haselhurst MP, Cllr Howard Rolfe and Cllr Kevin Bentley
A formal consultation into preferred route options for a new dual carriageway A120 between Braintree and the A12 Expressway will open in January 2017, and over recent months the A120 campaign has been co-hosting a series of business led events, with local MPs and Council Leaders, to demonstrate the overwhelming support that the campaign holds amongst the business community. Today’s event follows similarly successful events in Braintree, Colchester, Harwich and South Suffolk in recent months and precedes a Parliamentary Reception in Westminster next month (Wednesday 18th January at the House of Commons).
The Stansted event featured speeches and campaign updates from George Kieffer (Chairman of the Haven Gateway Partnership), Sir Alan Haselhurst MP, and Cllr Kevin Bentley (Deputy Leader, Essex County Council). They were introduced by Cllr Howard Rolfe (Leader, Uttlesford District Council).
George Kieffer, Chairman of the Haven Gateway Partnership, commented:
“Since we began our roadshow in June, we have engaged with more than 300 businesses in the region, from Harwich to Bishops Stortford. A new A120 will not just benefit businesses in Essex, but also Suffolk and Hertfordshire, which only reinforces our message that the A120 is a vital strategic artery. Early next year, we look forward to presenting our case to the Roads Minister (Rt Hon John Hayes CBE MP) when he makes his keynote speech at the A120 Parliamentary Reception. We are urging all our supporters in the business community to join us in Westminster on 18th January to demonstrate their support.”
Sir Alan Haselhurst MP added:
“The completion of this final link between Braintree and the A12 is long overdue. It has a vital bearing on both housing and business development and not least to the anticipated passenger and freight growth at Stansted Airport.”