The A47 is a trunk road running across northern East Anglia from the A1 at Peterborough to Lowestoft on the east coast. As a trunk road, investment decisions are made by government and the road managed and maintained by Highways England, on government’s behalf. The A47 Alliance was formed to bring together stakeholders to secure investment into the road, with its ultimate ambition being full dualling with grade-separated junctions. The Alliance is made up of a wide group of supporters including statutory bodies, businesses representatives and the general public. Activities of the Alliance are overseen by a steering group consisting of invited representatives.
To act as a special interest group to support the strategic case for improvements on the A47 corridor between Lowestoft and the A1. The ultimate objective of the Alliance is full dualling of the A47 with grade separation at its junctions.
The A47 Alliance shall support the transport authorities along the route, along with the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and all 3 Chambers of Commerce. It shall achieve its objective by:
The A47 Alliance shall comprise elected representatives, local authorities, local enterprise partnerships, business interests, communities and others along the route and is wider than the Steering Group.
The Steering Group Membership is subject to change in accordance with the terms of reference. The A47 Alliance Steering Group will be made up of invited representatives from the wider Alliance. Membership of the steering group as of February 2019:
The Steering Group will invite representatives from other bodies and organisations to be members of the Steering Group as appropriate to further the objectives of the Alliance. The Steering Group intends to invite the Peterborough/Cambridgeshire Combined Authority when it is established.
The Steering Group will operate on the following basis:
Each local authority member on the Steering Group will be an elected Councillor nominated through the council’s committee, or other, process. One elected member from each district and unitary authority will be eligible to vote. County councils will be eligible to vote in the following ratios: two elected members from each of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire County Councils and five elected members from Norfolk County Council.
The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the Alliance shall be elected by the Steering Group.
In the event that the Alliance cannot reach consensus on an issue the Chairperson shall be responsible for deciding on the course of action.
There will be at least an annual election of Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson; normally to be agreed at the first meeting of the calendar year.
Secretariat support will be provided by Norfolk County Council.
The A47 Alliance Steering Group will normally meet quarterly.
The wider A47 Alliance shall not normally meet.