On Wednesday we hosted the A14 steering group meeting. This involved a range of partners including district councils, the ports, business representatives, the County Council and most importantly the Department for Transport.
There is some excellently work going on and real involvement from our local councils and organisations. It is great to hear DfT modifying plans and approach as a result of our input.
We are well on the way to evaluating all the options against the criteria of affordability and likely hood to solve the issues of the A14. I am seeing lots of common sense and pragmatic thinking. Thankfully, this is not about new studies as this must be the most studied road in England, but about using data already collected.
By the end of June I am hoping we will have a single scheme to recommend to the minister.
At the same time we are looking into a range of funding possibilities.