£504m wishlist for improvements to A47

A47. Picture: Ian Burt A47. Picture: Ian Burt

Annabelle Dickson Political editor
Thursday, August 21, 2014
8:59 AM

A £504m wishlist of projects along the A47 and A12 which are likely to be put to the chancellor have 
been unveiled at a meeting in Norfolk.

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Department for Transport officials look poised to ask the Treasury 
for funds to dual three sections of 
the A47, which stretches from 
Great Yarmouth into the 
Midlands.

This includes the section from Blofield to Burlingham, the stretch from North Tuddenham to Easton and the link to the west of Peterborough between Sutton and the A1.

The DfT also looks set to request funds for:

Improvements to the Guyhirn roundabout;

Improvements to the A11/A47 Thickthorn Interchange;

Vauxhall roundabout Great Yarmouth;

Breydon Bridge;

Gapton Roundabout;

Station Square/Waveney Road.

While the DfT said that no firm decisions had been made, hopes had been raised in Norfolk that there would be good news in the Autumn Statement later this year.

But North East Cambridgeshire MP Steve Barclay has voiced concerns that the Wisbech to Guyhirn and Thorney section of the A47 could miss out on being included in a further strategy document due next March.

He has voiced concerns about the way the priorities have been identified.

The Highways Agency staff believe that, on the basis of the work to date, there is likely to be a strong business case for the chosen areas and that an improvement scheme would address the problems.

Work also needs to start before 2021.

Toby Coke, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Development and Transport Committee said: “Although ultimately we would like to see the full length of the A47 dualled, we recognise that this can’t be done immediately.

“If these schemes are announced in the Autumn Statement it would 
be a good start towards full 
dualling and make a real difference to the people and economy of Norfolk.”

A DFT spokesman said: “We are discussing a range of potential options for improving the A47 with interested parties to understand their views.

No investment decisions have 
been made as this is work in progress and, when completed the study outcomes will inform the 
government’s 2014 Autumn Statement.”

Are these the sections of the A47 the DfT should be focusing on? 
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12 comments

  • Daisy Roots agree with your comment that the Breydon bridge and roundabout are bottle-necked, whereas the Acle Straight is not. I understand the government is to prioritise money at places where there are hold-ups. Statistics show traffic flows OK on the A47 - at 50 mph perhaps. gy_bourne Burlingham - Blofield Burlingham dualling scheme cancelled a few years ago when plans at an advance stage, yet Postwick junction is being altered. peter99 A47 is a trunk road the A17 is not. Funding on A17 "up to" Lincs CC. The long straight on the A17 from King's Lynn and long single carriageway bypass at both Sutton Bridge and Long Sutton.should have been dualled when first built but are unlikely to be now.

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    Capri

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • The priority should be Easton to North Tuddenham and if done properly it could deter some of the rat running from The A1067 down to the A47.

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    Mild As Mustard

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Daisy, the Marsh Road junction on the Acle Straight by the underused restaurant (it was recently for sale by auction) attracts it's fair share of accidents, so improvement is needed here. I suggest the restaurant is demolished and a roundabout put in. Hopefully this would improve safety at this junction on a bend.

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    Sugarbeet

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • There should be a full environmental and wildlife assessment of these proposals to prevent potential species extinction such as the Swallow Tail Butterfly and destroy essential habitat.A priority needs to be given to the effect on bees.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Whiley Boy -the Acle straight is not the problem- traffic can usually proceed along it at a decent speed ( when the surface is fixed) and get around the Acle end roundabout fine.The problem is at the Breydon Bridge end and the lash up of traffic management in Yarmouth In 2001 it was decided not to protect the land for an A47 A149 link road in the Bure Loop-yet taking away traffic bound in and out of north GY and the northern villages from the roundabout and Fullers Hill roundabout would ease the congestion and reduce jams on the A47. The Breydon Bridge is also a turkey- it is impossible for traffic to flow at a decent speed because the sight lines are so limited. Dualling the A47 Acle straight without first fixing the problems of jams between Breydon Bridge and the sea front is senseless.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Sorry to disappoint you Larson. Catton Man is not me.

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    "V"

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Two Words - Acle Straight.

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    Whiley Boy

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • The land needed to sort the Breydon Bridge roundabout must be protected from development now-there is space to enlarge and improve and add slip roads etc-but if this area is earmarked for a Premier inn or other developments the chance will be lost As it has been at the Gapton site where the roundabout is now hemmed in by retail and food outlets. All short sighted. The complete dog's breakfast of GY road and route management compounds the problems on the A47-A12 link and a successful solution will not be found until they are sorted out too.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Catton man ? Now i wonder who that could be . The style , the content , the intent , posting from early morning until late into the night. Baffling.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Forget about spending money on the A47 A12 lets get this NDR finished first. After all there are only a few lives being lost and people being seriously injured on these roads on a regular basis and that all pales into insignificance when you are doing something for the developers.

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    Catton Man

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Then they can figure out the way to fund the dialling of the horrendous A17 up to the A1 at Newark, nightmare road.

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    peter99

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • If the (much-needed) improvements to the A47 are going to happen in stages, then it makes sense to prioritise the current bottlenecks. Just taking travel to the East coast from Norwich, these bottlenecks are the single-carriageway section at North Burlingham, and the section between (and including) the Vauxhall and Gapton roundabouts. So, at least as far as this part of the road is concerned, yes these appear to be the correct priorities. Full dualling must not be forgotten though.

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    gy_bourne

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

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