We are currently lobbying government to commit to funding the following schemes in the Roads Investment Strategy 3 (2025-2030):
We want to see delivery of these schemes utilise low carbon construction methods as outlined by National Highways and support biodiversity net gain.
Our ultimate goal is full dualling from the A1 at Peterborough to Lowestoft with appropriate grade separation.
The third road investment strategy (RIS3) covers the period 2025-2030 and sets out future road investment. The strategy is developed by the Department for Transport (DfT) and National Highways advises the government on schemes to be included and delivers the schemes included in the final RIS.
RIS3 is therefore an opportunity for large road infrastructure projects to be funded, such as our A47 dualling schemes. We want DfT to commit to funding our priority schemes in RIS3 to unlock all the benefits these schemes will provide.
|Strategic Road Network Initial Report published
|Outlines National Highways' proposals for the net road period (2025-2030) and how these would be delivered and what they would achieve.
|Route Strategies Initial Overview Reports published
|A rolling programme setting out National Highways' plan for the strategic road network. A key research element underpinning the RIS.
|Strategic Road Network Initial Report consultation
|Provide National Highways with feedback on their Initial Report.
|18 May 2023 - 13 July 2023
|Route Strategies Consultation
|Provide National Highways with feedback on their Route Strategies Initial Overview Reports.
|18 May 2023 - 11 August 2023
|Publishing of the final Road Investment Strategy
|Government will publish RIS3.
National Highways gave a presentation on the progress of the RIS1 schemes and progress on RIS3. The Alliance discussed the draft response to the National Highways and Department for Transport consultations on the Strategic Road Network Initial Report, Route Strategies Initial Overview Report and Connecting the Country strategic plan. The Alliance also discussed A47 study work and campaigning plans.
The A47 Alliance met and elected a new chairperson following Cllr Martin Wilby stepping down. Cllr Graham Plant was elected as chairperson. National Highways presented updates on the RIS1 schemes and plans for RIS3. There was also some discussion about future campaigning activities and updating and collating evidence to support the case for dualling.
At the A47 Alliance meeting, Transport East presented on their new transport strategy and the Eastern Powerhouse were introduced to the Alliance. National Highways presented on RIS1 schemes and RIS3. The proposal to set up an A47 Alliance RIS3 Task and Finish Group was raised and agreed. The Group are tasked with developing a campaigning plan for the A47 Alliance.
National Highways provided a useful update on the progress of the RIS1 funded schemes. We now await the publishing of RIS3. The A47 Alliance Steering Group discussed the campaign progress and next steps including increasing social media engagement and collating testimonials from members of the Alliance, MPs, businesses and residents.
The A47 Alliance met for the first Steering Group meeting of the year. National Highways gave a presentation on the RIS1 funded A47 schemes, designated funds, and an update on RIS3. There was good discussion at the meeting about the A47 Alliance campaign and what needs to be done in 2024 to make the case for A47 dualling to Government.
Norfolk County Council went to Westminster to meet with Norfolk MPs and present the case for A47 dualling in Norfolk.Find out more
The A47 Alliance sent a letter on 5 December 2023 to the new Minister for Roads and Local Transport, Guy Opperman MP. The letter welcomes Guy into the role, introduces him to the A47 Alliance and what we stand for and highlights to the Minister the need for A47 dualling and significant improvements, placing it firmly on his radar.