Notorious Catthorpe Interchange discussed at Westminster meeting

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MP MARK Pawsey arranged a meeting in Westminster to discuss an accident blackspot near Rugby.

Mark Pawsey, MP for Rugby, has raised concerns over the ongoing issues and traffic problems at the Catthorpe Interchange on the M1/M6 at Rugby, and delays to the Junction 19 improvement scheme.

After receiving correspondence from constituents and local representatives, he secured a private meeting with Mike Penning MP, the minister with responsibility for strategic roads, at which he was joined by local representatives.

Mr Pawsey said: “I am pleased that the minister was able to see me on this important matter, together with representatives from Warwickshire County Council, Rugby Borough Council, Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and the Federation for Small Businesses.”

He continued: “It is understood locally, that because of the serious financial position faced by the country, the proposals to develop this junction have been put back until after 2015. However, in light of the number of accidents recently, including three in five days in April, we believe that it is important for urgent consideration to be given to measures to make it more safe. I was pleased to have the support of colleagues from Rugby for our approach to the minister.”

Mr Pawsey concluded: “The minister heard our case, and responded positively. I’m pleased to say that we had a very useful meeting with the minister and his Officials, who took the issues that we raised very seriously.”