Plans to upgrade three busy stretches of the A47 to dual carriageway and improve junctions go on show. Six week consultation launches today
It is all part of the Government’s record £15 billion investment in England’s motorways and major A roads, with £3 billion of that being invested in the East of England.
Around Norwich, the £300 million project on the A47 includes making the road dual carriageway at Easton and North Burlingham, in addition to improving the Thickthorn junction with the A11, and the junctions at Great Yarmouth (on what was previously the A12) to reduce congestion, improve safety and boost the economy.
Around Peterborough, the work also includes making the road dual carriageway between Wansford and Sutton, in addition to improving the junction with the A141 at Guyhirn, to reduce congestion, improve safety and boost the economy.
A Highways England consultation seeking public views on the proposals began on Monday 13 March and runs until 11:59pm on Friday 21 April 2017.
Highways England Senior Responsible Owner for the A47, Philip Davie, said:
The dualling of several sections of the A47 will make a real difference to all our users on this road, as well as the economy by providing safer, more reliable and less congested journeys
There are important decisions to be made, and now we’re keen to get your views on the A47 to help us reach these decisions. I encourage anyone with an interest in the A47 to come along to one of our consultation events and check out the consultation materials online
People are invited to attend one of the seven public exhibitions, held at venues along the A47 route between Peterborough and Great Yarmouth, to find out more and take part. These events are being held at:
- Bitten Centre - QD Stores – Lowestoft, on Friday 17 March (1:30pm - 4:30pm)
- King’s Centre – Great Yarmouth, on Saturday 18 March (10am - 2pm) and Wednesday 22 March (3pm – 8pm)
- Great Yarmouth Town Hall, on Monday 20 March (10am – 5pm)
- Lingwood Village Hall, on Wednesday 29 March (3pm – 8pm) and Saturday 1 April (10am – 2pm)
- Blofield Courthouse, on Friday 31 March (10am – 5pm)
- Honingham Village Hall, on Thursday 6 April (3pm – 8pm)
- Hockering Village Hall, on Friday 7 April (10am – 5pm)
- Easton Village Hall, on Saturday 8 April (1pm – 4pm)
Information will also be displayed from Monday 13 March – Friday 21 April at:
- Dereham Town Hall
- Norwich City Library
- Great Yarmouth Town Hall
For the work nearer to Peterborough, these events are being held for the Guyhirn scheme at:
- Wisbech St Mary Sports and Community Centre, on Thursday 16 March (3pm-8pm) and Saturday 18 March (10am-2pm)
- Guyhirn Village Hall, on Friday 17 March (10am-5pm)
And for Wansford to Sutton at:
- Haycock Hotel, Wansford, on Thursday 23 March (3pm-8pm)
- Sutton Church, on Friday 24 March (10am-5pm)
- Sacrewell Farm Centre, on Saturday 25 March (10am-2pm)
Information will also be displayed from Monday 13 March to Friday 21 April at:
- Wisbech Library
- Peterborough Town Hall
- March Library
Work is set to begin in March 2020, with completion dates for the various schemes being between March 2021 and November 2022.
All responses to the A47 consultation will help Highways England take the best possible improvements forward.
For more information about our proposals and the public exhibitions, and to provide your views, please visit the scheme pages.
Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.
Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.