CBI urges Chancellor to act on West Norfolk infrastructure needs
Business leaders have added their voices to the demand for upgrades to key infrastructure links serving West Norfolk.
There has been renewed concern in recent weeks over the fate of long-sought improvements to the A47 and the Ely North rail junction, amid criticism of the bodies responsible for delivering them and claims of rising costs.
Now, the CBI has included both schemes in its list of projects it wants to see a commitment to investment for when the Chancellor, Sajid Javid, delivers his Budget next month.
The projects are on a list of around 20 which also includes the contentious HS2 rail project that was given the go-ahead by the government this week and the idea of expanding Heathrow airport.
Regional director Richard Tunnicliffe said firms were feeling more optimistic, but needed to see progress on these schemes.
He added: “The CBI is urging the Government to put all UK regions, at the heart of the upcoming budget.
“Our budget requests will create jobs, growth and investment throughout the East of England.
“This historic Budget offers the chance to turn rising optimism into a surge in investment across the UK.
“Backed by a pro-enterprise Budget for skills, infrastructure and innovation, business can help kickstart a new decade of UK growth and job creation.
“Trade policy will continue to matter, but with strong domestic policy, British firms are ready to invest and get the East of England into the fast lane of global economies.”
The CBI's comments come after MPs last week criticised Network Rail over its handling of the Ely North project, which it is currently feared could cost up to £500 million.
And, last month, Norfolk County Council leaders slammed Highways England for the delays in beginning work on upgrades to the A47 which were pledged six years ago.
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