CALL TO DUAL A16 GOES TO N0. 10

Transport Minister John Hayes (second left) outside 10 Downing Street with, from left, Trevor Hyde (South Holland Logistics Forum chairman), Jim Rogers (Fresh Food Consortium), Justin Szymborski (FESA UK) and Phil Scarlett (Spalding Chamber of Commerce president).
Transport Minister John Hayes (second left) outside 10 Downing Street with, from left, Trevor Hyde (South Holland Logistics Forum chairman), Jim Rogers (Fresh Food Consortium), Justin Szymborski (FESA UK) and Phil Scarlett (Spalding Chamber of Commerce president).
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Business leaders took their campaign to dual the A16 between Spalding and Peterborough to 10 Downing 
Street – with a warning that fast growing food and haulage companies could die without improved infrastructure.

Spalding Chamber of Commerce president Phil Scarlett said: “The reality is that we have a moment in time to improve the transport infrastructure before the growth clogs up our roads and timed deliveries are not achieved – and then the supermarkets and growers will establish operations elsewhere and our business will be strangled and die.”

Mr Scarlett was part of a delegation meeting South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes – also a Government transport minister – in Downing Street for talks about the stretch of the A16 between Spalding and Peterborough, which opened four years ago, and is described as “already at capacity”.

Business bosses say the road – or parts of it – should be dualled, but Mr Hayes says there are no guaranteed outcomes at this stage 
and any steps “must be measured, thoughtful and considered”.

• For more on the A16 dualling, read our story “Bosses invite PM to look at A16 link.”