MP calls for guarantee over new A14 junction

Kettering's MP has called for a guarantee that the Government will build a new junction on the A14 to cope with additional traffic from the East Kettering development
Kettering's MP has called for a guarantee that the Government will build a new junction on the A14 to cope with additional traffic from the East Kettering development
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Kettering’s MP has called for a guarantee that the Government will build a new junction on the A14 to cope with additional traffic from the East Kettering development.

Philip Hollobone made the plea in Parliament on Tuesday.

In a long speech, Mr Hollobone said the Department for Transport estimated the cost of the new junction, which would be between the Burton Latimer and Cranford junctions and called 10a, would be £39m.

He added: “I am asking the minister to consider giving a commitment to fund the junction.

“I am not asking him to get his chequebook out now and hand me a cheque for £39m, although that would be very nice.

“Local people do need, however, a commitment from Her Majesty’s Government to fund the junction in the period 2017 to 2020.”

Mr Hollobone said he believed that delays in building the junction would mean East Kettering would not be delivered properly.

Robert Goodwill, from the Department for Transport, did not commit to a guarantee about the proposed junction, but added: “My department and other departments will work with local authorities to understand the details of the case for transport investment in Kettering East.”