A fully dualled A47 will help boost the economic prosperity of a large part of the east of England and make a significant contribution to the national economic recovery. Our programme of staged investment will help turn into the 115 miles of the A47/A12 into a genuine strategic link.
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.
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.
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.
A47 Route Based Strategy - February 2014
Following 2013 Spending Review, Government announced that it will identify and fund solutions to tackle some of the most notorious and long-standing road hot spots in the country by conducting 6 feasibility studies:
– The A27 corridor (incl. Arundel and Worthing)
– The A303/A30/A358 corridor
– The A1 North of Newcastle
– The A1 Newcastle-Gateshead Western Bypass
– Trans-Pennine routes
– The A47 corridor
Studies progressed alongside the Highways Agency’s Route Based Strategy (RBS) programme. Outcomes inform future roads investment decisions as part of the Roads Investment Strategy development process.
The A47 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. 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.
The Business Case outlines the justification for focussed targeted improvements along the A47. The Business Case was presented to the Minister Stephen Hammond in December 2012. It showed that a combination of selected dualling, junction improvements and the creation of a new river crossing in Great Yarmouth, would, within 20 years, lead to 9,615 more jobs in Norfolk and an increase of £390 million per annum in economic output (GVA). This represents an excellent return on investment – equating to over £3 billion net present value. The Business Case also showed that improvements would reduce travel times by over 30 minutes (benefiting road users in excess of £42 million per year), and bring an additional £802 million of private investment and an extra 500 investment related jobs.
As part of the A47 Business Case launch event hosted by Keith Simpson MP, Keith drove the length of the Norfolk stretch of the A47 in his Union Jack mini, stopping at the Royal Norfolk Showground for the launch itself. Keith was accompanied by passengers whose journey was filmed from within the car to compile a short film giving a driver’s eye perspective of the A47.
In March 2012 Mott MacDonald was commissioned by Norfolk County Council to undertake a review of the A47 corridor within Norfolk. This review assessed the potential economic impacts of proposals to improve the A47 across Norfolk, including a critical analysis of both the wider economic benefits, catalytic impacts and transport cost-benefits of investment into these improvements.