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A47 Alliance stages King’s Lynn summit before meeting with Roads Minister

16:31 07 February 2014

MPs have been pressing the case for improvements to the A47.  Picture: Denise Bradley

MPs have been pressing the case for improvements to the A47. Picture: Denise Bradley

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A summit will discuss the latest case for improving the A47 before MPs and councillors meet with the Roads Minister to press the case for investment.

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The A47 Alliance steering group meets at King’s Lynn on Monday, to review the eight-page A47 - Gateway to Growth brochure.

The group aims to secure the dualling of the whole route from the A1 at Peterborough to Lowestoft. But over the shorter term, it claims much could be achieved by tackling congestion hotspots and inadequate junctions.

It proposes targeted investment of £127m in 2014 to 2017, a further £247m by 2021, and £425m in the longer term (after 2021).

Monday’s meeting, at West Norfolk council’s offices, will be followed on Tuesday, by a meeting with Roads Minister Robert Goodwill in London.

The Alliance will be represented by Chairman David Harrison supported by local MPs along the route including Richard Bacon, George Freeman, Keith Simpson, Chloe Smith and Simon Wright .

David Harrison, alliance chair and Norfolk County Council’s cabinet member for transport, said:

“For the first time we have got all the local authorities along the route - from Peterborough and Cambridgeshire in the west to Norfolk and Suffolk in the east - working with business, MPs and the local enterprise partnerships to put their weight behind a realistic improvement plan for the A47 and A12 to Lowestoft.

“Investing in the A47 is not only vital for the future prosperity of the eastern counties, it is also tremendously good value for the country, delivering over 15,000 new jobs in 20 years, boosting economic output by over £600m a year and ensuring our region can play its full part in sustained economic recovery.

“The government seems to be listening, and that is very encouraging, but we must not slacken our efforts, so I welcome the opportunity to talk to Roads Minister Robert Goodwill on Tuesday.”

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