Shailesh Vara raises motorists' '˜misery' caused by roadworks in Parliament

North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara has asked for action to be taken to prevent more '˜misery' for motorists after speaking out about the Peterborough roadworks at the Houses of Parliament.

Thursday, 22nd June 2017, 3:02 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 12:12 pm
Shailesh Vara MP speaks in Parliament today. Pic: BBC Parliament

Mr Vara spoke in a sitting at the House of Commons today (Thursday) following a week of queues and delays for motorists.He said: “This week there has been absolute misery for motorists in my constituency. This has arisen because of a decision by Highways England to close off a slip road at Junction 17 leading onto the A1(M).“The decision, taken by Highways England without any consultation of local stakeholders, with inadequate notice to motorists and with irregard for a diverted route.“Can we have a statement from the Secretary of State for Transport in which he can urge Highways England to act in the best interests of the community rather than acting unilaterally.”Andrea Leadsom, leader of the House of Commons replied: “My honourable friend raises an issue again that is pertinent to all of our constituencies, which is the action on roads that are taken without due notice being given, so I will be very happy if he wanted to write to me on this to pass it on to the Secretary of State for Transport to take the appropriate action.”Yesterday Highways England admitted the traffic chaos caused by the roadworks, which started last Friday, had been ‘worse than expected,’ and apologised for the delays caused.

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