Transport infrastructure is something constituents contact me about regularly, and I am pleased that our new Mayor of Cambridgeshire, James Palmer, has, under devolution, brought extra funding to this area for numerous projects.
Funds are now being allocated by Mayor Palmer and so far this has included an extra £1.25 million to look at the viability of extending the M11 to the A47 Guyhirn junction thereby cutting journey times from the north of the county to Cambridge to an estimated 30 – 40 minutes.
Similarly, Mayor Palmer has also allocated £0.5 million to, and begun work on, the next stage of feasibility studies to dual the A47 from Eye to Walton Highway. This is a project of significant impact to residents in Fenland and one that I have personally pushed for since my election in 2010, I therefore welcome Mayor Palmer’s involvement.
Lastly, the Mayor has also allocated £3.2 million to progress to the next stage of Wisbech Rail, which will open up new job markets in Cambridge to those living in Wisbech.
I am sure all residents of this area will be as delighted as I am with the progression of these transport projects, as they bring potential for economic growth in Fenland and easier access to Cambridge for both work and leisure. Improving our transport links is something that I have campaigned for throughout my terms in Parliament and I welcome the Mayor’s positive attitude towards Fenland transport improvements.