Minister tells MPs the A47 and A12 upgrade is in the “premier league” of schemes he is looking at

The government has confirmed a feasibilty study into improving the A47 will also include the A12 between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. The government has confirmed a feasibilty study into improving the A47 will also include the A12 between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
5:14 PM

Roads minister Robert Goodwill has branded the A47 and A12 as being in the “premier league” of the big road schemes being considered for investment.

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Following a Westminster meeting today, the region’s MPs said Mr Goodwill had told them the united front and the ground work of the A47 Alliance had helped put them with the top schemes being considered for Department for Transport investment.

The meeting gave new impetus to hopes significant investment in the route could be announced in the mini-budget later this year.

During the half hour slot with the politician in charge of Britain’s roads, the A47 Alliance steering group presented Mr Goodwill with the new eight-page ‘A47 Gateway to Growth’ business case for improvements.

And MPs told the transport minister they wanted a long term commitment to dual the main trunk road stretching from Lowestoft into Midlands.

The A47 was added to a shortlist of six schemes on which officials in Whitehall are drawing up a detailed business case.

While the A47 Alliance wants investment to dual the whole trunk road, it is proposing targeted investment of £127m in 2014 to 2017, a further £247m by 2021, and £425m in the longer term (after 2021).

Broadland MP Keith Simpson said “This is another step forward. (Robert Goodwill) said the A47 Alliance updated plan was one of the best of the group that had been put forward and it is going to be updated again.”

South-West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss said: “We have to have a long term plan to dual the entire road. The A14 has got billions of pounds of investment, Norfolk is just as important and has had years of under-investment. I am keen to see the department costing up the entire route. It could be cheaper to do it in one go.”

Norwich South MP Simon Wright said: “We wanted to make clear to the minister that the A47 merits a comprehensive strategy for the whole route. While individual schemes and junction improvements will undoubtedly deliver benefits, the greatest growth could come from a joined up plan from Peterborough to Lowestoft.”

A Department for Transport spokesman said: “We have launched a study which will consider how best to improve both the A47 and the A12 from Great Yarmouth to Lowestoft as part of our commitment to identifying solutions to long-standing problems with this country’s road network.”

What do you think of the A47 improvement plans? Write (giving your full contact details) to: The Letters Editor, EDP, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email EDPLetters@archant.co.uk

11 comments

  • Just great make good progress from the West of the county them get jammed up when visiting Norwich due to their ridiculous bus lanes, then onto Yarmouth which is nearly as bad.

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • I notice the article only mentions 3 of the Norfolk MPs - the EDP should clarify which of the others did not attend this, which is so essential for the local economy. Although some MPs such as Richard Bacon, aka Emperor Nero, have a record of doing nothing for their constituency's economy, that is no excuse for the EDP to hide such critical facts.

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    john smith

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • The whole of the A47 A12 from Lowestoft through to Kings Lynn INCLUDING THE ACLE STRAIGHT But Not a third river crossing south of Haven Bridge which should be North of the Haven Bridge over the Bure Bridge. But then I am dreaming that those trying to run our future fortunes have the sense to acknowledge Business Men know best.

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    John L Cooper

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • It`s General election time again. It doesn`t matter which party is in government, on the lead up to the election we always have the promise of dualling the A47. It is so predictable, as are their broken promises.

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    BG

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Just great make good progress from the West of the county them get jammed up when visiting Norwich due to their ridiculous bus lanes, then onto Yarmouth which is nearly as bad.

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • It's nothing but election propaganda to keep these MP's in the public eye, surely most people can see through these people by now and shouldn't trust them as far as they could throw them.

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    Cuthbert J. Twillie

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • The incompetence of the highways agency road designers adds insult to injury. We might endure the behind a Tesco lorry crawl from Middleton to the Swaffham bypass or fromSwaffham to Tuddenham-but then we have the miles long tailback at the ridiculous Honingham roundabout.The same applies to the Acle Straight and the Breydon Bridge roundabout-traffic flows ok until it is jammed at a roundabout which was never fit for purpose to move the amount of traffic it needs to and was always a cheap skate solution. Now GYBC has given planning permission to Premier inns veryclose to or even on land which is obviously essential to any road and junction improvement and possible new Bure Bridge to help relieve pressure on the A47 to A12 roundbout-junction.. If the average driver can see these roundabouts are turkeys why didnt the HA and why did NCC accept them in the first place?

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Just great make good progress from the West of the county them get jammed up when visiting Norwich due to their ridiculous bus lanes, then onto Yarmouth which is nearly as bad.

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Oh my gosh we cant do this to our lesser dotted natterjack toad who live in not just any old dyke but the dykes running along each side of the acle straight. L.O.L.

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    yarco

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • In the Premier League , London , Manchester and Liverpool are at the top - Norwich make the numbers up . As in football - so in real life . No chance .

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    dragonfly

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • I think all the A47 and A12 upgrade articles should be written in a fairytale style as thats all they ever are. I wonder if I will ever live to see the day anything actually happens except talk and empty promises

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    Mrs Meldrew

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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