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The A47 - Just Dual It!

We believe getting the A47 fully dualled is vital to the future success of Norfolk.

The A47 trunk road is managed by Highways England on behalf of the Government and runs from just past Peterborough in the west and across the breadth of Norfolk to Lowestoft in the east.

Currently just 47 per cent of this major route is dual carriageway and while Highways England have committed to making £300m of improvements to the road, including dualling some stretches, this will still leave substantial sections of the A47 as single carriageway with no current plans to dual them.

A fully-dualled A47 would bring significant benefits to Norfolk.  Shorter and more reliable journey times along the road and onwards to the Midlands would not only improve quality of life for many residents but also provide a huge boost to the regional economy by attracting new businesses, supporting existing businesses to grow and become more profitable, encouraging more visitors to the region and creating more jobs.

So we have launched the Just Dual It! campaign with Norfolk Chamber of Commerce and the Eastern Daily Press.  The campaign is calling on the Government to:

  • Fund the dualling of the Acle Straight (near Great Yarmouth) and Tilney to East Winch (near King’s Lynn) sections of the A47 in the next round of Government-funded improvements for the UK’s trunk road network, with the work carried out between 2020 and 2025
  • A commitment from the Government to make funding available to dual the entire length of the A47 by 2030

We firmly believe that we have a strong case and if we can make enough noise about it, this can make all the difference.

A47 Alliance parliamentary reception – 25 June 2019

The A47 Alliance, made up of political and business representatives from Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, held a parliamentary reception on Tuesday 25 June 2019 to press the Department for Transport for further dualling of the A47 trunk road.

At the event, the Minister of State for Transport, Michael Ellis MP, was presented with evidence of the need for investment in the A47, including more than 2,000 Just Dual It! campaign postcards and letters of support from members of the public and businesses.’

 

Pictured left to right: Waveney MP Peter Aldous (partially obscured), West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham, Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis, Chairman of the A47 Alliance Martin Wilby, Michael Ellis and Mayor of Peterborough and Cambridgeshire James Palmer.

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