Nearly 100 business representatives from across Braintree, Saffron Walden, Stansted and south Suffolk gathered at the Essex Golf and Country Club today to back the case for investment in the A120. The event was co-hosted by the Haven Gateway Partnership who have been leading the A120 campaign, together with James Cleverly MP (Con, Braintree), James Cartlidge MP (Con, South Suffolk) and Kemi Badenoch MP (Con, Saffron Walden).

2018 is set to be the year that the Department for Transport will begin to look at which road schemes will be included in Roads Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2) (2020-2025), with announcements to be made in 2019.

George Kieffer, Chairman of the Haven Gateway Partnership, commented:

“One again, our business supporters and MPs have come together to show a united front in the campaign to dual the A120. We’re extremely grateful to James Cleverly and James Cartlidge who have shown unstinting commitment to the campaign over the last few years. And we are particularly grateful to Kemi Badenoch, who has wasted no time at all since being elected in making herself a key ally as we seek to persuade the Secretary of State for Transport that the A120 must be included in RIS2 next year.”

James Cleverly, MP for Braintree added:

“E ssex and Suffolk MPs, local government, and businesses have spoken with one voice on the need for investment and improvements to the A120. 

Our collective effort is being noticed by the government and we will continue to work together to deliver this important project.”