‘We should fight to make M11 happen’

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A transport firm owner is calling on South Holland’s MP to campaign for the M11 to pass through the district.

Robin Hunter, of Hunters Car Transport, said he regularly travels on the A17 and read the front page article in last week’s Spalding Guardian “with a big smile on my face”.

He said: “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the motorway came? Not only would it help the local infrastructure, but also boost our local economy, bringing jobs and investment to South Holland.

“I was in Cambridge when the M11 was being built in the 1980s and there was talk then of it being extended to Humberside. Unfortunately, they ran out of money and it was shelved.

“Owning a transport firm my reasons are purely selfish, but we should be doing everything we can to make it happen and our voices heard.

“How typical of our MP to suggest it wouldn’t come near, but go to Peterborough instead. Don’t you think he should be fighting for it to come for his constituents?”

MP John Hayes was unavailable to comment at the time of going to press, but a spokesman for the Department of Transport said “all is up for discussion”.

The Government is set to spend £28 billion on national and local roads up to 2020-21. A spokesman said: “We are currently undertaking a national review of priorities to improve the network and support economic development which has been informed strongly by local stakeholder views in each region.

“The route-based strategy process is an important means of ensuring that capital investment is prioritised appropriately and this will inform final decisions and investment plans for the future.

“The M11 falls within the London to Leeds Route Based Strategy (RBS). Stage one of the RBS is on programme to be published by the end of March.

“The route of a M11 extension would be discussed at a much later stage but all is up for discussion.”