Long to reign over us, but not over the A1(M) - Stevenage council leader’s reply to spoof article suggesting Junction 8 could be re-named after the Queen.

A spoof news article suggested Junction 8 of the A1(M) could be renamed after the Queen

A spoof news article suggested Junction 8 of the A1(M) could be renamed after the Queen - Credit: Archant

Naming Junction 8 of the A1(M) after the Queen has not met the favour of Stevenage’s leading lady, council chief Sharon Taylor.

Stevenage Borough Council Leader, Cllr Sharon Taylor.

Stevenage Borough Council Leader, Cllr Sharon Taylor. - Credit: Archant

Reacting to a joke article published on satirical website News Biscuit, which suggests Ms Taylor has renamed Junction 8 Elizabeth Junction to honour the Queen Elizabeth II in the year of her 90th birthday, Ms Taylor said it would be better to dub it Highways England.

Asked by the Comet what she thought of the article which referred to Crossrail and Big Ben being named the named Elizabeth Line and Elizabeth Tower, Ms Taylor replied: “I think not, perhaps we could name it after Highways England in an attempt to encourage them to get on with a proper widening scheme for the road.”

The article suggested the Queen would be in town to pose for pictures at the ‘queues likely’ sign near the notoriously busy junction and stated the Crown Estate would pay tribute to Stevenage in return by increasing rent charges on its lands.

Ms Taylor said it would indeed be a good idea to celebrate the year of the Queen’s 90th birthday because her reign coincides so closely with the town’s history.


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She said: “Her Majesty’s reign has so closely coincided with the 70 years in which our town has developed and grown that I do think we should consider as the town centre regeneration scheme develops how we might commemorate her reign. Perhaps Comet readers might like to make some suggestions?”

To read the full article online visit www.newsbiscuit.com/2016/02/24.

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