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).
The Acle Straight in Norfolk
Tilney to East Winch in Norfolk
Peterborough to Walton Highway in Cambridgeshire
On 23 October 2020 we held our first virtual A47 Alliance meeting to discuss the progress of funded RIS1 schemes and to address the direction of the A47 Alliance campaign following the RIS2 announcement in March which did not announce funding for the Alliance's prioritised A47 schemes (see above).
Actions following the meeting included a letter sent to Baroness Vere of Norbiton, reiterating the need for improvements to the A47 route and asking for consideration of providing funding for improvements in the upcoming spending review in November 2020. This letter and the response can be viewed here.
We have also been in touch with the Department for Transport in order to understand why further A47 improvement schemes were not included in RIS2 and to learn how to ensure the A47 can continue to serve a strategic purpose in 30-40 years. The letter and response can be viewed here.
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