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Reader letter: Answers needed to A47 issues

PUBLISHED: 13:20 09 September 2017

The A47 between North Tuddenham and Easton . Pic: Highways England.

The A47 between North Tuddenham and Easton . Pic: Highways England.

Highways England

I do not know on what basis Bill Borrett (Letters, August 24) believes that the A47 dualling will “protect the villages of Hockering and Honingham”.

Certainly Hockering does suffer some rat-running through its street by traffic trying to avoid the morning queue. We do need change, though the official report on the recent consultation exercise shows that a staggering 10pc of people believe no changes are necessary at all.

If Highways England were to revamp the junctions at Easton and Honingham/Mattishall, as many people suggested in their response, much of the queues at rush hour could be eliminated, along with rat-running in some villages.

If dualling is done, it must be done with care and consideration for local people’s quality of life and ability to travel, not just those who selfishly want a 70mph trip from Dereham to Norwich.

The latest “preferred option” for the route, after all the consultation and three local exhibitions (attended by about 500 people) showed a junction at single-track Sandy Lane, where there is no room between houses, no junction to the B1535 HGV route, (so lorries are likely to try and go through Lyng) and no way for traffic, including our valued buses, to sensibly access Hockering from Dereham. This may protect Hockering village, but it will also isolate it, and will involve destruction of land, maybe property and certainly affect the beautiful Tud valley.

Hockering PC arranged an open meeting with Highways England on Tuesday, September 5th, attended by over 60 parishioners, to try to resolve these issues. Our district and county councillor, Mr Bill Borrett, elected not to attend. He may have been a champion of the vanity project of dualling the A47, but now he is leaving the unpaid foot soldiers to sort out the intractable problems it will cause.

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