Plans for A14 development discussed

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A SUMMIT is being held today to explore how funding for the A14 could maximise economic growth now and in the future.

It has been organised by Northamptonshire County Council and Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership and will bring together representatives from the Department for Transport and major UK logistics firms.

Plans for future development of the road and how this could benefit the local and national economies will be top of the agenda at Kettering Conference Centre.

Cllr Jim Harker, leader of the county council, said: “The A14 is one of the most vital east-west routes in the UK and not only of national importance but of international significance with its connections to Europe.

“Estimates suggest that congestion on the A14 costs the Northamptonshire economy millions of pounds each year and regionally this figure would be significantly higher. This summit will provide us with a cohesive plan to move forward and give clarity when presenting our case nationally to gain funding.”