If we are going to achieve the 3rd Crossing of Lake Lothing that Lowestoft so desperately needs we need to work together if at all possible, and not seek to score gratuitous party-political points off each other. I was really pleased to see Ken Brickell acknowledge Bob Blizzard’s huge efforts over many years, and I am certain that those efforts have not been in vain. It is largely as a result of Bob’s work that the Southern Relief Road (Tom Crisp Way) and the Northern Spine Road (Peto Way) got built. Lowestoft now needs the 3rd crossing to join these two up – and the fact that Bob got the two relief roads built in the first place should now make the need for the 3rd crossing obvious to all but the most blind of national transport ministers. Clearly it would be a good idea to have a new bascule bridge as well, but there is no reason for a town as important as Lowestoft to expect to have to settle for one or the other – both are needed.
Labour believes the Lowestoft third crossing is the most important road investment project in Suffolk
We are determined to actually get this crossing built, which is why we amended the motion passed at the County Council to that effect in order to achieve consensus
I can assure you that Suffolk County Council Labour Group are 100% behind the efforts to build the 3rd crossing. We are convinced that this is the most important road investment in the whole county. We are not at all impressed with Ben Gummer’s proposed bridge to the island in Ipswich docks – a bridge which would do nothing to alleviate traffic problems in Ipswich and which is not needed. There are plenty of other worthwhile schemes around the County, but the fantasy island scheme is not one of them, and none are as important as the 3rd crossing. As for the accusation that we have somehow done a dodgy deal with the Tories, nothing could be further from the truth. We are determined to actually get this crossing built, which is why we amended the motion passed at the County Council to that effect in order to achieve consensus. I am not clear why the County Council are not now pursuing the 3rd crossing, but it is certainly not for any want of campaigning on our behalf.
Cllr Sandy Martin
Leader, Suffolk County Council Labour Group