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Transport minister pledges commitment to Lowestoft’s third crossing

PUBLISHED: 17:33 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:33 17 March 2017

The secretary of state for transport Chris Grayling (second left) with (left) Suffolk county councillor Guy McGregor, Waveney MP Peter Aldous and Waveney District Council leader Colin Law (far right).
Mr Grayling visited Lowestoft to hear about the progress on the town's third crossing project.

The secretary of state for transport Chris Grayling (second left) with (left) Suffolk county councillor Guy McGregor, Waveney MP Peter Aldous and Waveney District Council leader Colin Law (far right). Mr Grayling visited Lowestoft to hear about the progress on the town's third crossing project.

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Transport secretary Chris Grayling reaffirmed the government’s commitment to Lowestoft’s third crossing project when he visited the town today (Friday, March 17).

Mr Grayling, who was in town to hear of the progress made on the long awaited bridge, said the project still had to get through the planning process. But he gave assurances that the government was serious about seeing the scheme through to completion.

He said: “We wouldn’t be here today if there wasn’t the intention of everyone involved to find a solution to the problem.”

The secretary of state for transport met with Waveney MP Peter Aldous and representatives from Suffolk county and Waveney district council at Waveney’s Riverside office.

He praised Mr Aldous for making a very powerful case to the government for the new crossing and said: “Having looked at the issue today, and looked at the limitations of the crossing over the water here in Lowestoft, I absolutely now understand nice and clearly the case Peter and the council have been making. There is clearly a transport issue that needs to be solved which is why this work has been done.”

He said improving the transport infrastructure would unlock the economic potential of the area and create the opportunity for more jobs.

Mr Grayling’s visit comes a year after the then chancellor George Osborne awarded Suffolk County Council £73.4m to construct the third crossing.

He was advised that Suffolk County Council has established a full project team to deliver the crossing and ground investigations were due to start by June, with the first round of consultations being held around the same time.

Mr Aldous said: “Today’s visit shows the government’s continued commitment under the new prime minister. This is a very exciting time for the town”

Colin Law, Waveney leader, said: “A huge amount of preparatory work must go in to the scheme before construction gets underway and Mr Grayling will see that the project team is making excellent progress.”

Guy McGregor, county councillor with special responsibility for projects, said: “This is a much needed scheme which we are determined will be delivered on time and on budget.”

5 comments

  • How coincidental...a free bit of publicity for the Tories just before the Council Elections! Have you checked how much your Council Tax has gone up this month under Tory WDC?

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    Dogberry

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • One would not lend a 5p piece to any of them

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    Rob44

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Would you buy a car from any of these clowns?... For a start Guy McGregor should have been sacked a long time ago for what him and his so called projects team have wrecked Lowestoft they are clueless, Along with Colin Law who with Aldous will be booted out at the next elections, Aldous just reminds me of side show Bob out of the Simpsons, and one of the worst MPs we have had. its about time this paper stated asking questions about the new bridge like how many lanes will it have ? as all the drawings I have seen show a 2 lane bridge. and yet the new GT Yarmouth Bridge is 4 lanes so anyone else can see a fiasco coming soon to Lowestoft compliments of the above Clowns.

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    Sifu

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

  • The Three Amigo's......clueless the lot of them...

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    ninja71

    Friday, March 17, 2017

  • Grayling. Aldous. Law. What could possibly go wrong.........

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    point du jour

    Friday, March 17, 2017

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