Today I received a letter from Highways England notifying updating me on the progress of their consultation on improvements to the A47.
Norfolk Conservatives have fought long and hard to have the A47 improved. Conservatives believe in infrastructure because it helps people get on. If the county has good transport links, people can get to work, and more employers will come to set up in Norfolk because they can rely on getting their work done. That's why I've led the work to improve our Norwich rail links, and it's why we set so much store by dualling the A11. Each of these is a long, complex piece of work.
The latest on the A47 is that after consideration and public engagement, Highways England have published their preferred options for improvements to the A-road. Two of these involve dualling stretches near Norwich, and another is to make the Thickthorn junction better.
I am confident these improvements, once completed, will bring much needed relief to those who use the A47 regularly. It is a big investment in our region, to the tune of over £300 million and a sure sign that Norwich is open for business. These improvements will help to reduce the increase in traffic we have seen to our city and reduce congestion at peak times – particularly the proposed improvements to the Thickthorn junction where the A11 and A47 meet.
Now that preferred options have been announced, Highways England will be developing the detail of each of the six proposals. Once these have been finalised, there will be another opportunity for you to have your say on what has been put forward. Once a timeframe has been agreed, the Highways England website will be updated to let you know when to submit your opinions.
In the meantime, I have included links below to a summary of the project and each of the six schemes it proposes.
A47 corridor improvement programme
A47/A11 Thickthorn junction improvement
A47 Wansford to Sutton dualling
A47 Guyhirn junction improvement
A47 North Tuddenham to Easton dualling
A47 Blofield to North Burlingham dualling
I'll stay on the case as your MP!