The latest round in the fight to get improvements made to the A47 will be launched today as part of a proposal which could create thousands of jobs and finally put Norfolk on the road to meeting its economic potential.

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A new business case is set to be unveiled which will spell out the reasons why the vital stretch of carriageway deserves investment.

Dualling the entire 105-mile road would, consultants commissioned by Norfolk County Council say, could lead to 30-minute reduction in journey times along the length of the road from Peterborough to Great Yarmouth.

But, rather than calling for the whole road to be dualled, the plan will identify specific pinch-points along the road which consultants say could be targeted for improvements.

Key areas include the Acle Straight, North Tuddenham to Easton stretch, and the Harwick junction at King’s Lynn.

Today we are hosting a day of debate on issue with live coverage of Mid Norfolk MP Keith Simpson’s bid to drive along the A47 from King’s Lynn to Great Yarmouth in his Union Jack Mini.

24 comments

  • ...And our councils problem is that no one has the backbone to go and actually make a decision. This will bounce around the county hall for about 10 years before someone can actually admit that this should have been done 10 years ago. Look at the NDR - that appears to have gone deathly quiet. I doubt I will see the acle-straight dualled in my life time.

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    ReapnSow

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • In the photos posted of Keith Simpson arriving at Yarmouth he is dressed as if he is going for a day out at the Antiques Roadshow. Why are we represented by someone who looks as if he is on the way to the pub for a pint and a ploughmans?

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    MediaDoc

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Can't figure out if Keith Simpson and Norfolk County Council spending the day going down the A47 is a jolly or not.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Any upgrading would have to get the nod from the unelected bankers of the EU. On their web page only the A14 has any great significance in the East.

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    nrg

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Don't forget the Yarmouth 3rd river crossing or the Lowestoft 3rd crossing. Businesses can easily lose 30 minutes a day in grid-lock trying to go from one end of town(s) and back. A 10 minute journey can take 40 minutes or more. 2.5 hours when the Lowestoft bridge got stuck, again, earlier this year..

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    Dave01

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • In my view its the A17 between Kings Lynn and Newark that needs improvement. It's a major lorry route between Norfolk and the A1, the lorry traffic seems to be restricted to 50 mph and there are few stretches to allow safe over-taking. Consequently people take silly risks and there are accidents. OK, dualling the A47 could shave 30 minutes off a journey between Peterborough and Yarmouth but how many people make that journey on a regular basis?

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    Betty Swallocks

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • The Victorians left us with a railway network that was safe,efficient,and contributed to the wealth of East Anglia because goods could be moved quickly and efficiently anywhere in the country. Wreckers like Beeching and Marples saw fit to dismantle most of it,leaving us with roads that aren't up to the job! Fiddling about at the edges and messing about with bypasses and road furniture has never compensated for the destruction of the railways and never will.

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • WHY RUIN A PORT FOR A BRIDGE NOT NEEDED Business Leaders, Political Parties and the General Populace Are as one voice in the call to Dual most of the bad spots of the A 47, without this being done Norfolk will stay the back water that it has been for decades. Most of England is able to enjoy growth 2000 style, without an Artery bringing industry in and the end product out Norfolk will stay that “backwater” suitable for bird watchers, hobby fishermen in the popular belief, populated by straw chewing yokels. These “Yokels” want more than they have now, they want enough to put them on a par with the rest of England, a jump start with a usable A 47 then all of you sit back and see the results, this is NELSON country. But in this EDP and Great Yarmouth Mercury article the ideas people on what should be done should take a step back. You cannot annihilate a £6 million turn over working River just to see an artery running from the East side of the River Yare to Pete bough. That is what would happen if a Third River Crossing was placed over the Yare in the vicinity of Gas House Quay. A seagull’s eye view will tell you that 85% of Working Quays and Layby Berths lay to the North of Gas House and Bunker, so this would leave just a few berths on the East side South to Wimpy Quay, as from Gas House on the West Bank (that Ratepayers maintain) there are no berths. Abruptly, revenue from North Sea gas supply ships would end, companies would relocate because no Ship Owner or Agent will tolerate a third party being in control of their shipping movements. Yes the proposed third river crossing will be a lifting bridge, so what is the problem I hear you say? Local Community verses Maritime Shipping the community wins hands down. The world of Supply Ships does not run on bus time tables as some of our councillors think, When entering Port they want to get to their Berth without hold ups, and likewise when they need to supply a Rig they will not stooge around the harbour waiting for “Mr. Car Driver” to cross the bridge before it could be lifted, they would finish here leaving just the Wind-Farm servicing boats. Add the loss of the 1000 jobs the new port was to bring to the 3000 jobs that survive because of the current way the port is run and the bridge building will make a mockery of the articles employment figures, Our councillors have be told this by more educated men than I, but as with the mess councillors made in the negotiations of the Outer Harbour they are going down the same Insane route using the maxim “councillors know best”. Build the Bridge and lose the River. As the majority of the GYPC revenue comes from the Inner River, I do not think that even Ms. Eliza O’Toole Deputy Chairman of the GYPC would look kindly to a bridge being built that would cut her income by £4 million, and don’t forget the £700,000,000.00 that the county earns from the goods that the Rigs, Exports Sub-Contractor companies earn this Counties Business Community.

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    John L Cooper

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • PR exercise just to remind us what Keith Simpson looks like!

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    Marigold

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • It was suggested as far back as the 1930s that the A47 should be dualled. In my business I have to travel, being based near Dereham I have to use the A47. I am fed up dawdling along at 25mph on a road that is the main East West route out of Norfolk. Dual it now!

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    MediaDoc

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Regarding the comment about jobs. A key part of this is about saving the jobs we already have in Norwich. In the last month Uniglaze has gone with the loss of 200+ jobs and another 100+ jobs have been lost on the industrial estate near the airport. Don't forget the future of Lotus at Hethel is also far from clear. I know of another major company in Norwich which was acquired a few years back, everytime top management visits the Norwich plant they are always late and exclaim they cannot believe how difficult it is to get here. The workforce are concerned that when the rumoured cut backs come it is the Norwich plant that will go as it is so difficult to get to, and to get product out of. No major employer in their right mind would set up in NorwichNorfolk because the infrastructure is so hopeless. Until we have a decent infrastructure in place we have no hope of attracting investment and jobs, dual the A47 Now!

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    MediaDoc

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • And who's going to take all these 'new jobs' - more immigrants!

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    wallywalnut

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • ...And our councils problem is that no one has the backbone to go and actually make a decision. This will bounce around the county hall for about 10 years before someone can actually admit that this should have been done 10 years ago. Look at the NDR - that appears to have gone deathly quiet. I doubt I will see the acle-straight dualled in my life time.

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    ReapnSow

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Follow MP Keith Simpson as he drives the full length of the road to highlight the problems Why...? Do we not already know of the problems. Dualling the A47 will open up Norfolk to big trade and Yarmouth could be Great Yarmouth again. Do you remember Norfolk Line, the big haulage company that left because of the bad roads. We wouldn't get them back but it will open the gates for lots of other big businesses.

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    Christopher Neave

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Duelling the Acle Straight would have little impact on Wildlife. The importance of integrating the economy of Norfolk as a whole, Not just Norwich is of vast importance. The A47 connects both Gt Yarmouth and Kings Lynn. Norfolk is NOT Norwich!!!

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    Nick

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • As the first on the A 47, following John Mc Gregors motor cavalcade, on a bicycle, to make a point of the many cycle routes that were cut off by the bypass around Norwich, I knew that this is a liability for us all to carry in future. It was called 'with the needs of the 21st. century in mind', but with no dedicated direct access to the very near N&N greenfield hospital, same with Anglian water, who use our small roads for outside Norfolk traffic, instead of accessing the bypass. what does bypass mean, cause the Highways Authority does not seem to know. What will we do for the 30% that do not own a car in Norfolk?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • I really do feel that Mr Simpson could have been using his expensive time more usefully than driving along the A47 which we all know requires lots of improvement!

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    beverley

    Sunday, November 25, 2012

  • Completely agree with MediaDoc. So concerned are we about natural habitats around the A47 that we seemed to have forgotten that it has crippled our economy by making Norfolk such an unviable location for investment due to the high costs of transport. Don't forget that someone has to pay Joe Bloggs while he sits in a 30 minute traffic jam. Why would companies choose to invest in a county which has such an archaic road network; far too busy putting ramps and speed limits in to save a few voles.

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    ReapnSow

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Regarding the comment about jobs. A key part of this is about saving the jobs we already have in Norwich. In the last month Uniglaze has gone with the loss of 200+ jobs and another 100+ jobs have been lost on the industrial estate near the airport. Don't forget the future of Lotus at Hethel is also far from clear. I know of another major company in Norwich which was acquired a few years back, everytime top management visits the Norwich plant they are always late and exclaim they cannot believe how difficult it is to get here. The workforce are concerned that when the rumoured cut backs come it is the Norwich plant that will go as it is so difficult to get to, and to get product out of. No major employer in their right mind would set up in NorwichNorfolk because the infrastructure is so hopeless. Until we have a decent infrastructure in place we have no hope of attracting investment and jobs, dual the A47 Now!

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    MediaDoc

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • The first rule of prosperity is providing good infrastructure. Great Yarmouth now has decent port infrastructure (Important for the whole of Norfolk) Both the road and rail links need serious upgrade. We need a third river crossing, we also need an A47 A149 road link, not to mention a Yare Barrier. ALL of these proposals have been asked for many times over decades, and with the exception of the Harbour all have been repeatedly ignored.

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    Nick

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • I like the muddy back water theme of Grot Yarmouth, and I see no need to speed up the Acle straight. Whats wrong with driving at 20mph behind a tractor, its all part of Norfolk life. It allows one to meditate and watch the windmills.

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    Paul Morley

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • 'thousands of jobs' now where have we heard that before? Oh GYBC and the Outer Failure.

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    wes1975

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Regarding the comment about jobs. A key part of this is about saving the jobs we already have in Norwich. In the last month Uniglaze has gone with the loss of 200+ jobs and another 100+ jobs have been lost on the industrial estate near the airport. Don't forget the future of Lotus at Hethel is also far from clear. I know of another major company in Norwich which was acquired a few years back, everytime top management visits the Norwich plant they are always late and exclaim they cannot believe how difficult it is to get here. The workforce are concerned that when the rumoured cut backs come it is the Norwich plant that will go as it is so difficult to get to, and to get product out of. No major employer in their right mind would set up in NorwichNorfolk because the infrastructure is so hopeless. Until we have a decent infrastructure in place we have no hope of attracting investment and jobs, dual the A47 Now!

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    MediaDoc

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • On the A47 from Wendling to the Derehem by-pass dual carriageway all the over the road bridges were built double width more than 30 years ago. Not much progress up to now on the dualling!

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    beverley

    Friday, November 23, 2012

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