Our Work

The A47 is part of the Trans-European Network and - together with the A12 to Lowestoft - designated by Government as a trunk road.  However, the poor quality and unrealiability of parts of the route means it does not function as the 'gateway to growth' it should be.

 The A47 Alliance has made improving the A47 a priority.

You can see the A47 Alliance’s priorities in the A47 Business Case.

Timeline of progress

June 2014 - Royal Norfolk Show

The A47 Alliance visited the Norfolk Show to talk to businesses about much needed improvements to the A47.  There was an opportunity to meet the Agricultural minister and discuss the importance of local access.  We also met with Clarke Willis CEX of Anglia Farmers who supports the need for better infrastrucutre. 

14th May 2014 - MPs debate A47 in Parliament

Roads minister Robert Goodwill was questioned on the progress of a feasibility study for the route stretching from Great Yarmouth into the Midlands, during a Westminister Hall backbench session. It comes ahead of the Autumn Statement later this year, when a decision on the route is likely to be made.  Watch the debate here: 

Watch the debate

East of England Route Strategy Evidence Report and Technical Annex

The Highways Agency is developing strategies for the strategic road network on a route basis.  These route strategies will identify investment needs and are key to identifying the investment plans for the step change in funding on the strategic road network.  Using the information we hold, and that our stakeholders and partners shared with us through those events, we have prepared evidence reports for the 18 routes making up the strategic road network.

Lowestoft A12 (A47) Wider Economic Benefits

In 2012, Mott MacDonald completed a study looking at the A47 from Peterborough to Great Yarmouth focused on how dualling and junction improvements could lead to employment and housing development.  The rationale for undertaking this current piece of work focused on Lowestoft is to recognise the strategic linkages between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth which would be enhanced through improved connectivity along the A12 which has potential to be renamed to the A47 between the two towns.

 A47 Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Case for Improvement - Evidence and Wider Economic Benefits

The purpose of this technical note is to develop an up to date evidence base for A47 between A1 and Wisbech including an assessment of the wider economic benefits that could be delivered through making changes and improvements to the road.

Region to benefit from major transport funding for A47 improvement

Up to £19 million of government funding will be invested in a new transport scheme in Norwich, Transport Minister Baroness Kramer announced today (3 April 2014).  The funding will help two business parks to grow, creating over 5,000 new jobs and allowing 600 new homes to be built.  The Department for Transport funding will be used to enlarge the junction on the A47 at Postwick, east of Norwich. The improved transport link will allow further development of the existing Broadland Business Park and development of the new Broadland Gate Business Park.

Updated A47 Business Case - February 2014

The A47 Alliance have updated the business case for the A47. We are asking for £127m in the short term and a further £247m in the medium term to improve the route and help deliver growth along the corridor.  The Alliance is hoping for an announcement in this year’s Autumn Statement and will look to discuss this with HMT in the near future.  

11th February 2014 - A47 Alliance and MP's meet Transport Minister

The Alliance was supported by Richard Bacon MP, George Freeman MP, Keith Simpson MP, Chloe Smith MP, Elizabeth Truss MP and Simon Wright MP to present a united case to Robert Goodwill MP, Roads Minister and discuss the updated business case.  

10 February 2014 – Route Based Strategy and Feasibility Study

The Alliance met to discuss the updated business case and were updated on the Route Based Strategy and Feasibility Study by the Highways Agency

Highways Agency A47 Corridor Feasibility Study Presentation  (powerpoint presentation)

A47 Alliance Board Route Based Strategy Presentation (powerpoint presentation)

15th January 2014 - A47 Alliance meets the Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses met with representatives from the A47 Alliance to discuss ways of working together to achieve a better A47.

8th January 2014 - A47 Truck Road and Postwick Announcement

A47 Trunk Road and Postwick Junction Interchange Approval Announcement - The Secretary of State confirmed the Side Road Orders this morning for Postwick Hub.  This announcement gives the go ahead to our proposal to provide an improved interchange between the existing A47 trunk road at Postwick, on the eastern side of Norwich, and the existing A1042 Yarmouth Road, enabling further expansion of the adjacent business parks. Funding and planning consent for the scheme have already been secured. This is a major boost to the Norfolk economy and is one of the Alliance’s short term goals.  Well done to everyone involved in making this happen.  The A47 Alliance will continue to build on this success and lobby for further improvements to the A47.

10th December 2013 - MP's Summit

MPs, the A47 Alliance and the Highways Agency met at a Westminister summit to talk about the work of the Alliance in lobbying to secure funding for improvements along the route.  David Harrison, Chairman of the A47 Alliance, said it needed about £800m for a raft of projects up to the 2021 period that will deliver a significant boost to the economy.  MP's were delighted with the work of the A47 Alliance and have pledged to work together to update the business case in the New Year. 

16 Sept 2013, Roads Minister Visit

Stephen Hammond spends an entire day on a visit to the A47. Not only does he drive the entire length of the road from Great Yarmouth to Peterborough, but he also holds a stakeholder session at the University of East Anglia. This is attended by MPs from across Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, as well as other stakeholders including the A47 Alliance. The A47 Alliance’s programme – agreed at its 13 September meeting – is shared with the Minister who is very positive and says £800m (the total cost of the Alliance’s ask up to 2021) is not unrealistic.

13 September 2013, A47 Alliance Steering Group meeting

The Steering Group meets for the first time outside of Norfolk and agrees a programme of its short, medium and long-term priorities. The Alliance agrees to update its Business Case to include the programme.

10 September 2013, Highways Agency Route Based Strategy Workshop

The Highways Agency holds its first workshop event on its Route Based Strategies. The A47 Alliance is represented at this workshop. The Workshop brings out the widespread concern of stakeholders about the A47.

20 August 2013, Patrick McLoughlin the Transport Secretary announces feasibility study into the A47

Whilst visiting the area, the Transport Secretary announces a feasibility study into the A47, fast-tracking the Route Based Strategy to identify and bring forward solutions. Mr McLoughlin says: “The A47 is a strategically very important route. The area we are going to be looking at specifically goes from Peterborough to Great Yarmouth so it is a quite important route as far as connecting areas are concerned, and that is one of the reasons why we have looked specifically at getting the feasibility study on that.” He describes the A47 Alliance’s Business Case as “an achievable programme of targeted improvements.”

26 & 27 June 2013, A47 Alliance showcases A47 Business Case at Royal Norfolk Show

20 June 2013, Spending Review

Spending review outlines government’s future spending plans for strategic roads. Spending will increase from around £1bn per annum on trunk road improvements currently to £3bn by 2021. Informal discussions with the Highways Agency suggest that there is a lack of well-developed schemes across the network which might be brought forward for delivery, suggesting that there is a real opportunity to secure some of this increased funding for A47 improvements.

13 June 2013, New Anglia Local Enterprise Conference votes to show their support for A47 improvements

13 June 2013, European Commission confirms that the A47 remains part of the comprehensive network in TEN-T.

31 May 2013, Agreement between MEPs, the European Commission and Member State representatives on revised TEN-T Regulations.

20 May 2013, Government announces how it will roll-out Route Based Strategies across the trunk road network.

The programme is for Performance Issues on roads to be investigated up to spring 2014, and Indicative Solutions worked up for spring 2015. The A47 Alliance expresses its disappointment that the A47 study is not to be undertaken in advance of studies across the rest of the network, as was indicated to be likely by the Minister when he met the Alliance in December.

April 2013, Government announces £0.7m for improvements at A1/A47 Wansford junction, Peterborough.

This is in addition to the money it previously announced in October 2012

8 March 2013, A47 Alliance steering Group meeting

The Alliance welcomes representatives from Peterborough City Council and the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership for the first time.

February 2013, Consultation and negotiations on TEN-T Regulations

18 December 2012, Norfolk’s MPs and members from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership join forces with the A47 Alliance in a meeting with the Roads Minister Stephen Hammond.

Mr Hammond announces that the A47 should be one of the earliest route based strategies in the forthcoming programme, following completion of the three pilot strategies underway. Mr Hammond outlines that future spending programmes for trunk roads would be based on the outcomes of these strategies.

23 November 2012, Launch of the A47 Business case at the Royal Norfolk Showground.

The launch is supported by Keith Simpson MP driving the Norfolk length of the A47 in his Union Jack mini

27 November 2012, EU Transport Committee debate on TEN-T Regulations

21 September 2012, A47 Alliance Steering Group meeting

The A47 Alliance considers the first draft of the Business Case

w/c 17 September 2012, European Parliament hold their first discussion of the Connecting Europe Facility, the funding mechanism for the new TEN-T programme.

Vicky Ford MEP makes a good contribution asking that routes on the Comprehensive Network (such as the A47) should be eligible for grants and not just loans.

8 October 2012, Government announces £170m of funding across the trunk road network as part of the Pinch Point programme.

£1.3 million secured to help alleviate congestion issues at Honingham, just west of Norwich. £0.06m secured for improvements at the A1/A47 Wansford junction, Peterborough.

6 September 2012, EU Transport Committee debate on TEN-T

August 2012, Final report on A47 Wider Economic Benefits, commissioned by the A47 Alliance, received from Mott MacDonald

2 July 2012, Norfolk MPs meet the A47 Alliance in Westminster to discuss raising the campaign for road improvements with Ministers

25 May 2012, A47 Alliance Steering Group meeting

A47 Alliance agrees revised Terms of Reference setting out the group’s revised strategic focus and agrees to build its links with the business community.

8 May 2012, EU Parliament Hearing on TEN-T Regulations.

The A47 Alliance provides evidence to help MEPs make the case for the revised TEN-T Regulations to support development of routes like the A47