David Ruffley, MP for Bury St Edmunds, February 2008

feb08David Ruffley, MP for Bury St Edmunds
David Ruffley MP is campaigning to improve local roads and reduce crashes and casualties in his constituency of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.

David has launched a campaign to improve two local roads: the A143, which runs through the village of Great Barton; and the A14, a trunk road running through Bury St Edmunds. The campaign follows contact from numerous constituents worried about the number of deaths and injuries on these roads, and fearful for their own safety.

Following meetings with his constituents, David investigated the safety record of the A143 by contacting Suffolk Constabulary. Information obtained by David under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, revealed that since 1997 there have been 15 deaths on the A143, 124 crashes involving serious injury and 559 involving slight injury, making it one of the most dangerous ‘A’ roads in Suffolk.

David has stepped up his campaign by raising a question in Parliament about the number of casualties occurring on the road, and revealed that the number of casualties occurring on the road seems to be increasing. As a result, he has joined residents in lobbying Suffolk County Council for a bypass to divert traffic from the village of Great Barton, and prevent future tragedies. He has informed local media such as the Bury Free Press of his campaign.

Previous campaigning beginning in 1997 means safety improvements are due on the A14 shortly, but David is keeping up the pressure to ensure these improvements are carried out, and continues to monitor the safety of the road. As a result, he asked Parliamentary Questions in February about the safety of the A14, and has met with the Chief Executive of the Highways Agency to ensure that improvements are completed in time, and are not delayed as past improvements have been.

David says: “The A143 is one of the most dangerous roads in the county, and I am listening to constituents’ concerns and campaigning for improvements before any more tragedies happen.”

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