August 1 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
MPs will put pressure on the government to give the green light to a major upgrade of the A47 during a 90 minute parliamentary debate next week.
Roads minister Robert Goodwill will be questioned on the progress of a feasibility study for the route stretching from Great Yarmouth into the Midlands, during the Westminister Hall backbench session on Wednesday. It comes ahead of the Autumn Statement later this year, when a decision on the route is likely to be made.
The A47, along with the A12 to Lowestoft, is among seven studies which are currently being carried out for the Department for Transport. Broadland MP Keith Simpson, who secured the debate, said: “I took the title ‘The Strategic Importance of the A47’, because it seemed to me if you are going to have an impact on the transport studies and you want to lever in Treasury money, it has got to be at the big picture level. “However important one small part of the A47 is to you and your constituents, I don’t think it will work. I think we can make a lot of powerful arguments and indeed ask the minister questions.”
A number of MPs from Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire are expected to attend and speak in the debate. Mr Simpson added: “The key thing I want to find out in terms of the hierarchy of studies, is where the A47 is. What the timetable is going to be for them completing this hierarchy and then of course we will all be waiting for the Autumn Statement.” It is a bit like all the stuff we had on the A11. You have to get publicity and I think if we can get as many MPs along as possible then it adds a more powerful voice.”