York MP pushes for A64 and A1237 funding
12:01am 16th January 2012
Julian Sturdy, MP for York Outer, has raised Questions in the House of Commons to the Ministerial Transport team on the subject of funding for improvements to York's troublesome A64 and A1237.
Following a question about general funding for road improvements, Mr Sturdy asked:
"As my Hon Friend will know, I am deeply concern about the A64 and the A1237 in York which, as vital road corridors, are increasingly congested, accident-prone and a real drain upon York's local economy.
"Can the Minister provide any information about potential Government funding for such road corridors in the future and will he be willing to meet with me and other interested Members to discuss the matter?"
In response Transport Minister, Mike Penning MP, outlined his own experience of driving on the congested A64 over the festive season and agreed to meet with Julian and other interested local MPs to discuss potential funding avenues.
Following the exchange, Mr Sturdy said:
"Both the A64 and the A1237 are increasingly congested and dangerous for road users.
"In addition, the lengthy and frequent delays incurred on these roads are having a damaging and growth-sapping effect on York's local economy.
"To sit back and do nothing on this issue is simply not an option and it is time for local politicians to come together and work on proposals for future funding.
"Indeed, at a national level I am delighted that the Minister has agreed to meet with me to discuss such potential funding options.
"Vital road corridors such as the A64 and the A1237 must be at the heart of both our national and local transport plans and it is absolutely crucial that we make some headway on improving such roads in the very near future."
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