£300million Upgrade for A47 - But Nothing for West Norfolk
10:38am 1st December 2014
(Updated 10:38am 1st December 2014)
£300million is going to be spent on upgrading single carriageway sections of the A47 - but NOT in West Norfolk.
This announcement has come as a bit of a surprise as we weren't expecting to hear anything about this until the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget on Wednesday.
A new larger junction will be created at Guyhirn where the A47 meets the A141. Problems there often cause delays right back to Wisbech.
In a statement Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin said:
"Today I am setting out the biggest, boldest and most far-reaching roads programme for decades. It will dramatically improve our road network and unlock Britain’s economic potential.
This government has a long term plan to secure the country’s future and this £15 billion roads programme is demonstration of that."
Other improvements on the route:
A47 North Tuddenham to Easton: dualling to provide continuous dual carriageway between Norwich and Dereham.
A47 Blofield to North Burlingham: dualling to complete a gap in the dual carriageway between Norwich and Acle; combined with the North Tuddenham to Easton scheme this will provide full dualling between Dereham and Acle.
A47/A12 Great Yarmouth: junction improvements, including reconstruction of the Vauxhall roundabout.
A47 Acle Straight: Safety improvements at key hotspots and joint working with Natural England to establish environmental impacts and mitigation measures for the medium and long term which could include installation of safety barriers, junction improvements and road widening or capacity improvements.
A47/A11 Thickthorn junction: improvement of the interchange to give improved access to Norwich.
A47 Wansford to Sutton: dualling the A47 between the A1 and Peterborough.