Norfolk and Suffolk MPs to put pressure on government to act on A47 in debate

Traffic queues on the A47 approaching King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop. Traffic queues on the A47 approaching King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
3:19 PM

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.

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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.”

3 comments

  • No one cares, this government would rather spend money on a dead end NDR for the benefit of their developer friends who fund the party.

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    Old Long Balls

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • This government doesn't care, people are getting killed and seriously injured on this road on a regular basis. Another accident just tonight, yet they would rather bow down to the developers and provide money and make dead end roads like the NDR of national significance. Who cares about peoples lives when theres money to be made?

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    Old Long Balls

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • And the government will commit to..... commissioning millions of pounds worth of consultants' reports into what needs to be done to the A47!

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    Citizen of EUSSR

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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