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MPs to hold meeting on Brandon Relief Road plans

PUBLISHED: 13:22 12 December 2013 | UPDATED: 13:22 12 December 2013

Elizabeth Truss MP. Picture: Ian Burt

Elizabeth Truss MP. Picture: Ian Burt

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A public meeting on controversial plans for a relief road is set to be held by two MPs.

Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, and Elizabeth Truss, MP for South West Norfolk, have invited residents from Brandon and Weeting to discuss the plans for the Brandon Relief Road.

Forest Heath District Council and Suffolk County Council representatives will also attend the meeting, to be held on January 10 at Brandon Leisure Centre from 6.30pm.

At a meeting earlier this year to discuss Brandon’s level crossing, Network Rail confirmed that they would fund a replacement bridge across the railway as part of a future relief road for the town.

However, business owners have since raised fears that recently produced plans for the relief road appear to turn Brandon High Street into a cul-de-sac.

Matthew Hancock said: “It is vital that residents have an opportunity to voice their concerns. I am keen to hear their views about the relief road and development plans. The economic benefits for Brandon will be considerable, at the same time opening up the whole of East Anglia for tourism and business.”

Elizabeth Truss said: “I am keen to see a long term solution to the Brandon Rail Crossing. With future ambitions for a half hourly service on the Norwich-Cambridge line, a more efficient system needs to be in place on the crossing.

“Any future plans need to command the support of the local community; that is why I have been clear about not supporting development in Breckland.”

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