Commenting on yesterday’s (13 May) National Infrastructure Commission’s letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on infrastructure planning and investment, John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, said:
“The National Infrastructure Commission is right to stress the importance of protecting infrastructure spend in the Government’s forthcoming spending review.
“As a pivotal part of the UK, Suffolk deserves to have a much fairer share than before of funding to bring its road and rail infrastructure up to modern standards.
The campaign to address seven key pinch points along the A14 in the county, which has been led by Suffolk Chamber, is a case in point. Not only would the resulting improvements in travel times and a reduction in delays benefit local businesses, such investment would help companies in other parts of the UK as well.
“Businesses rely on the UK’s infrastructure to connect with customers, suppliers and staff. Many firms believe the reliability of the country’s transport network in particular has worsened in recent years, as capacity constraints, congestion and delays in the development of new routes have left businesses frustrated.
“Investing in physical and digital infrastructure is vital to the prosperity and competitiveness of the UK and Suffolk in the future.”
Source: Suffolk Chamber.