Prime minister says A47 upgrade will benefit Lowestoft

Prime Minister, David Cameron attends a meeting at the Orbis Energy centre, Lowestoft. Prime Minister, David Cameron attends a meeting at the Orbis Energy centre, Lowestoft.

Friday, January 17, 2014
5:25 PM

Prime minister David Cameron has said Lowestoft will benefit economically from the A12 leading from the town to Great Yarmouth being renamed and upgraded to the A47.

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Mr Cameron made his comments after he attended a meeting this afternoon at Lowestoft’s OrbisEnergy centre with local business people, which was hosted by Waveney MP Peter Aldous.

The prime minister said: “Peter has been a really strong advocate of what needs to happen. There have been two very consistent messages - transport and energy.

“Transport because linking Lowestoft with the A47 study, so that we look at the Lowestoft/Great Yarmouth road, that is absolutely key, together with the massive investment in transport in the region .

“The second message is energy.

“The potential here to be a hub of renewable energy technology and expertise is there, the expertise is clearly there, so the Enterprise Zone, the energy bill, strike prices, the encouragement of overseas investment, backing SME in this sector, that’s what Peter has been telling me. I listened very carefully to that.

“I wanted to come and hear the story myself today.”

“The point what local businesses, the chamber of commerce and others were making to me was very important. It was that the growth and development in East Anglia does not stop at Great Yarmouth and comes all the way to Lowestoft and you get the benefit of being fully connected up with these transport corridors, that’s the message, and that is what we have got to deliver.”

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13 comments

  • We need a date at which Lowestoft will receive the benefits of a third crossing, a third crossing that will regenerate the town economically protected it from flooding and give Lowestoft the pride to go forward and become a fully functional town that supplies jobs and housing. I have been talking to Peter Aldous the local MP for two years and have received no commitment to take my barrage plan forward. Indeed he has never publicly or privately supported the scheme. Lowestoft needs a commitment to do something not just talk about it. A vast sum of money has been spent on surveys, studies, and plans to achieve nothing. Mr Cameron told us what we know we need. Traffic improvements but he hasn't said when he will commit to starting them. I suspect is all hot air as Dogberry has pointed out in his excellent comment the general election has started early.

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    Peter Colby

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • We need a date at which Lowestoft will receive the benefits of a third crossing, a third crossing that will regenerate the town economically protected it from flooding and give Lowestoft the pride to go forward and become a fully functional town that supplies jobs and housing. I have been talking to Peter Aldous the local MP for two years and have received no commitment to take my barrage plan forward. Indeed he has never publicly or privately supported the scheme. Lowestoft needs a commitment to do something not just talk about it. A vast sum of money has been spent on surveys, studies, and plans to achieve nothing. Mr Cameron told us what we know we need. Traffic improvements but he hasn't said when he will commit to starting them. I suspect is all hot air as Dogberry has pointed out in his excellent comment the general election has started early.

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    Peter Colby

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • I am surprised MR Camoron did not choose pie in the sky for lunch .I guess he did not eat the tomato being red! He is not interested in Lowestoft all he cares for is a possible buck he could make with the energy companies(probably looking for the next nuclear site disguising it as renewable energy!) I trust that the A47 study is focusing on widening the Acle Stright too,thus improving road safety. Any way Dave we are all in this together thinking UKIP has some very sensible diplomatic alternatives to the your irresolute uturns!

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    poppy

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • He is clearly terrified of the UKIP effect on the East Coast and this is an ideal way of fooling the public into thinking he is a caring sharing sort of guy. You wait and see what actually happens. I am still waiting for the inheritance tax changes and the referendum that was promised before the last election. Did we get either? Did we heck as like.

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    alecto

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Scoffing Snobs-Cameron and Aldous.

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    Colin James Watling

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • We need a date at which Lowestoft will receive the benefits of a third crossing, a third crossing that will regenerate the town economically protected it from flooding and give Lowestoft the pride to go forward and become a fully functional town that supplies jobs and housing. I have been talking to Peter Aldous the local MP for two years and have received no commitment to take my barrage plan forward. Indeed he has never publicly or privately supported the scheme. Lowestoft needs a commitment to do something not just talk about it. A vast sum of money has been spent on surveys, studies, and plans to achieve nothing. Mr Cameron told us what we know we need. Traffic improvements but he hasn't said when he will commit to starting them. I suspect is all hot air as Dogberry has pointed out in his excellent comment the general election has started early.

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    Peter Colby

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • 2 snobs-Cameron and Aldous and a lot of hot air that come to nothing as usual.

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    Colin James Watling

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • We need a date at which Lowestoft will receive the benefits of a third crossing, a third crossing that will regenerate the town economically protected it from flooding and give Lowestoft the pride to go forward and become a fully functional town that supplies jobs and housing. I have been talking to Peter Aldous the local MP for two years and have received no commitment to take my barrage plan forward. Indeed he has never publicly or privately supported the scheme. Lowestoft needs a commitment to do something not just talk about it. A vast sum of money has been spent on surveys, studies, and plans to achieve nothing. Mr Cameron told us what we know we need. Traffic improvements but he hasn't said when he will commit to starting them. I suspect is all hot air as Dogberry has pointed out in his excellent comment the general election has started early.

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    Peter Colby

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Why should only Lowestoft benefit from the A47 improvements? Is this a way of diverting money from dualling the Acle Straight or the Lingwood junction to Suffolk which are needed every bit as much as a third river crossing in Lowestoft. Maybe if Suffolk CC could get together and put a bid for their own funding rather that trying to steal it from elsewhere?

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    Sapere Aude

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • We need a date at which Lowestoft will receive the benefits of a third crossing, a third crossing that will regenerate the town economically protected it from flooding and give Lowestoft the pride to go forward and become a fully functional town that supplies jobs and housing. I have been talking to Peter Aldous the local MP for two years and have received no commitment to take my barrage plan forward. Indeed he has never publicly or privately supported the scheme. Lowestoft needs a commitment to do something not just talk about it. A vast sum of money has been spent on surveys, studies, and plans to achieve nothing. Mr Cameron told us what we know we need. Traffic improvements but he hasn't said when he will commit to starting them. I suspect is all hot air as Dogberry has pointed out in his excellent comment the general election has started early.

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    Peter Colby

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • So the General Election campaign has started early with sweeteners from Cameron...be nice if this translates into real, permanent interest in the town...only time will tell. Wouldn't it be a surprise if the money was suddenly found for a third crossing! These politicians must think we're complete idiots!!!!!

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    Dogberry

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • We need a date at which Lowestoft will receive the benefits of a third crossing, a third crossing that will regenerate the town economically protected it from flooding and give Lowestoft the pride to go forward and become a fully functional town that supplies jobs and housing. I have been talking to Peter Aldous the local MP for two years and have received no commitment to take my barrage plan forward. Indeed he has never publicly or privately supported the scheme. Lowestoft needs a commitment to do something not just talk about it. A vast sum of money has been spent on surveys, studies, and plans to achieve nothing. Mr Cameron told us what we know we need. Traffic improvements but he hasn't said when he will commit to starting them. I suspect is all hot air as Dogberry has pointed out in his excellent comment the general election has started early.

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    Peter Colby

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • If he's offering to spend millions upgrading the roads around here, there has GOT to be a catch! I don't trust him an inch......be careful what you wish for...........

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    Clarkson for PM

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

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