Representatives from across the region united in Westminster on Tuesday 25th June 2019 with the shared aim of compelling Government Ministers to commit funding towards fully dualling the A47. Business leaders and politicians from Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Suffolk attended a parliamentary reception to make the case for investment in the A47 trunk road, which runs from Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth on the east coast and connects to the A1 at Peterborough.
The Department for Transport is expected to announce this autumn which trunk roads will receive money from its Road Investment Strategy 2 funding pot, for improvements to be carried out between 2020 and 2025. Ahead of this, the regional lobbying group the A47 Alliance has been gathering evidence to demonstrate the urgent need for upgrades to this major east-west route.
The A47 Alliance is calling on the Government to commit funding to fully dual the A47 by 2030 and specifically to prioritise upgrading the following sections from single to dual carriageway by 2025:
A fully dualled A47 will help to boost the economic prosperity of a large part of the east of England and make a significant contribution to the national economy. Our programme of staged investment will help turn the 115 miles of the A47 into a genuine strategic link.
Government has committed to an investment of over £300m for improvements along the A47 for delivery in the early 2020's. The A47 Alliance's ultimate goal is full dualling with appropriate grade separation (bridges and flyovers), we will continue to push government to deliver this in the longer term.
The estimated cost of a fully dualled A47 is £1.4bn. With a combination of selected improvements, within 20 years there will be 16,890 more jobs in the area, 10,585 new dwellings and an increase of £706m per annum in the economic output (GVA).
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