Funding for Norfolk A47 ‘bottleneck’ roundabout
06:30 08 October 2012
The Department for Transport will bring forward over a million pounds in a bid to unlock a key traffic bottle neck near Norwich.
Where the rest of the money will go in the East of England
-Widening the A14 in Cambridgeshire between junctions 31 and 32.
-Converting a hard shoulder to a running lane along the A1(M) junction 6 northbound at Welwyn, Hertfordshire
-Installing Black Cat part-time signals along the A1 at Chawston, Bedfordshire
-Improving road markings and increasing road signs at the A1/A47 Wansford junction, Peterborough
-Widening the A120 Galleys Corner roundabout
In total £1.3m will be provided to upgrade the A47 Honingham roundabout expressway in between the city and Dereham,
Changes will see congestion reduced through the construction of an eastbound express lane, allowing traffic to bypass the roundabout.
Officials in Whitehall said the decision would support several development sites in the area, and was anticipated to help generate 1,355 jobs and 1,200 homes by 2020.
The announcement, part of a £170m package of road improvements across the country, was made yesterday as ministers gathered in Birmingham for the Conservative Party conference.
The prime minister told the EDP: “These are good schemes that will help create jobs and get Britain moving.”
Work is expected to start on the upgrade in 2013 and expected to end the following year.
Meanwhile Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman said: “Like so much of Norfolk’s infrastructure, the A47, key cross county trunk road, has for too long been neglected, and is a daily source of misery, delays, congestion, cost and too often sadly dangerous road accidents.
“I am delighted that the representations that I and local councillors have been making have been heard by Government, and that this key A47 bottleneck is being tackled. This is good news for all of us who live locally and use the A47, as well as for the wider Norfolk economy.”
James Joyce, Norfolk County Councillor for Honingham, said: “I welcome it. The roundabout was put there for a specific reason - for safety after tragic accidents. Anything that can make it better is really great.”
Honingham parish council chairman Brian Winchester said: “I would prefer them to dual the bit between Easton and North Tuddenham.”