19th December, 2014.
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TOM PURSGLOVE & PETER BONE MP REFUTE LABOUR A45 SCARE STORY
Labour have claimed that the A45 dualling between Stanwick and the A14 at Thrapston has been shelved and no work will be done for at least a decade.
Tom Pursglove, the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Corby & East Northamptonshire and Peter Bone MP, Member of Parliament for Wellingborough, categorically refute this scare story.
Thirteen years of the last Labour Government, saw no investment in infrastructure in East Northamptonshire. The first five years of this Conservative-led government, has seen the approval of the Rushden Lakes Development at Skew Bridge, the roundabout improvements at Chowns Mill and the dualling of the A45.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer provided up to £25million in the Autumn Statement, towards vital improvements to the Chowns Mill Roundabout and the dualling of the A45.
As the A45 runs through the Stanwick Lakes Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a study has to be carried out before any work can commence. This study is going to lead the way for further such improvements elsewhere in the country. The Government is absolutely committed to this project – a point stressed this week by the Roads Minister, the Rt. Hon John Hayes MP, when he said:
“There is a firm commitment by the government to find a solution for the A45 from Stanwick to the A14. This is set out clearly in the Road Investment Strategy published earlier this month and any suggestion that these plans are on hold is categorically wrong. This road has suffered from under-investment for far too long. But it is an environmentally sensitive site which is why it is so important we get it right.”
Tom Pursglove says:
“It is a real shame that Labour have chosen to talk down this very welcome investment in our area – indeed, when they were in power, improvements to the A45 and Chowns Mill were not even a priority, nor did they make the money available. Conservatives both locally and nationally, are making this project happen and I am very grateful to all those local people who have supported the Listening Campaign on this.”
Peter Bone MP went on to say:
“The Chowns Mill Roundabout improvements are scheduled to commence soon and it is great that this will then be followed by the completion of the dualling of the A45, which will make the lives of my constituents who have to drive along the A45, much better. I want to thank all those involved in the Listening Campaign on this issue – the Government has listened and is delivering.”
Notes to Editors:
1. Immediate release.
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3. 19th December 2014.