The latest round in the fight to get improvements made to the A47 will be launched tomorrow 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.

The report will say: “In short, as it is currently operating, the A47 is at best a brake on the economic growth for the whole county, including parts of Cambridgeshire.

“At worst it hinders investment, adds to business and commuter costs, causes disproportionate accident and safety issues, and contributes to the “peripheral” image of the county.”

Norfolk MPs, county councillors and business leaders have all thrown their weight behind the proposals which are set to be delivered to transport minister Stephen Hammond on Monday.

We want to hear about your experiences of the A47. Has it impacted on your business? Are you regularly caught up in queues? Or do you have safety fears which could be allayed by improvements?

Leave your comments below.

Tomorrow we’ll be hosting a day of debate on issue on our website 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.

23 comments

  • I live in York but travel to Norwich frequently as it is my home city, I am used to the drive now but most people who I spoke too in the York area say they love Norwich and Norfolk but they wouldn't bother visiting because the drive down on the A47A17 is too long and relentless. This is just the few people I have spoken to, so there must be hundred more put off visiting by this joke of a road.

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    James

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • I have a friend who says the biggest lack is that there is not a decent road from Swaffham on the old Roman cross country route via Fincham and Upwell. Lots of lorries already use it to bypass Lynn. A real boon would be a road cut across from Nordelph to Rings End and the Guyhirn bridge, cutting off the Nene Bank stretch. Wishful thinking I know!

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • About time too! The whole road should be at least dual all the way to the A1. It is very interesting to note this exercise mentions Norfolks MPs. Hopefully the EDP will include the views of every single one of them tomorrow, including Emperor Nero himself, Richard Bacon, who's silence over the A11 dualling was alarming and indicative of how out of touch he is with the area's economic needs. A similar campaign is also needed over dualling the A140 and A146 too, hopefully the EDP can lead on that next.

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    john smith

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • James is spot on, but it is not just the roads in Norfolk which are inadequate. Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire are similarly neglected. Anyone coming from the north to Norfolk faces a long drive down the A15 or the A1 and then the A17 from Newark or A47 from Peterborough. Early in the morning the drive is fine,but in mid August or on a winter's evening none of those roads are much fun and can very very slow. Which is not so much a problem for non commercial drivers but must be a concern for haulage companies with an eye on delivery times, fuel costs and driver tachographs and for commercial travellers trying to meet appointments. All these hold back the economy in Norfolk. The long distance road networks in the east of England other than the A14 route have been neglected for too long, and the A14 is pretty broken-yet go up north and there are motorways almost with grass growing up the white lines.I have to confess that although I am Norfolk to the core I am looking now to relocate because I am sick of the 60 or 70 miles one has to hack by road or train before one starts getting anywhere.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • I think it's too little too late for any upgrade to the roads in and out of Norfolk. Personally I don't think we'll ever see a fully dualled A47 or A17 in our lifetime. This will therefore always have a knock on effect onto the A11. Whilst we're all pleased that the A11 will finally be dualled by 2014 there is a negative which is by the middle of the 2020's it will have reached or be over it's capacity and will result in the similar problem to which there is on the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon and we'll all be rallying to have the A11 widened to three lanes to cope with extra traffic using it as the Gateway to the rest of the country. If the Government had ever looked at improving the economy in Norfolk in the 60's or 70's the roads would of been dualled then. I think we all have to face the fact that we will always lose out to the rest of the country and watch cash go elsewhere on white elephants such as a £32 billion high speed rail link between London and Birmingham to reduce times by a mere 25 mins.

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    eaboy

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Daisy, you are right, but we will continue to get left behind the rest of the country while most of our constituencies are safe seats. Every govt spends a fortune propping up the marginals with nice expensive treats like decent road networks and high speed rail plans while Norfolk gets nothing as the spend here won't make any differece to how many MPs they have after the next election. It's also why a lazy complacent local MP can get away with doing virtually nothing for the local economy yet still take over half a million in salary and expenses in the last couple of years. A visit to any marginal constituency in the country is an amazing contrast, and don't forget it is money that is contributed by Norfolk's taxpayers to them.

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    john smith

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • With family in the north west getting there is a choice between A11A14M6 or A47A17A1M62. Both routes make for a journey of 5 hours. We prefer the latter route, which is also a main "trucker" route to Felixstowe. Duelling the A47 & A17 would improve our journey considerably.

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    Jas44

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • How about duelling that rediculous stretch just East of Norwich on the A47 going to Acle? There is often a queue to get through that pinch point and all Caister, Acle, Yarmouth & a lot of Broads holiday* traffic goes through there too.

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    LLCK

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • This region is a net contributor to the national economy, it is about time we started getting something back instead of the Labour voting regions. It is all very well us wanting to protect Norfolk but when our bright kids have to move away to find work and the county fills up with those who have sold their right to buy council houses in London and the South East something is wrong.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • I think it's too little too late for any upgrade to the roads in and out of Norfolk. Personally I don't think we'll ever see a fully dualled A47 or A17 in our lifetime. This will therefore always have a knock on effect onto the A11. Whilst we're all pleased that the A11 will finally be dualled by 2014 there is a negative which is by the middle of the 2020's it will have reached or be over it's capacity and will result in the similar problem to which there is on the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon and we'll all be rallying to have the A11 widened to three lanes to cope with extra traffic using it as the Gateway to the rest of the country. If the Government had ever looked at improving the economy in Norfolk in the 60's or 70's the roads would of been dualled then. I think we all have to face the fact that we will always lose out to the rest of the country and watch cash go elsewhere on white elephants such as a £32 billion high speed rail link between London and Birmingham to reduce times by a mere 25 mins.

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    eaboy

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • I think Mr Plant should resign for yesterdays fiasco; everyone and his dog knew the census would cause chaos and where was he? Yes very conveniently hid away in Manchester, walk man walk>

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    Old Long Balls

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • They already have plans for dualling the A47, we don't need to waste more money on consultants fees to state the bleeding obvious. Just get on and do it. I bet they don't this problem about getting anything done in China.

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    paddy5791

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • They should drop the NDR and put all effort and funds into dueling this vital regional road, so much benefit for all.

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    Marigold

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • 'Consultants commissioned', can you hear the cash register? Will the Consultant look at a direct, ambulance only, access to the hospital from the A47?, how about taking out Anglian water heavy traffic from our small roads by providing another dedicated access directly from the bypass, they said they'll pay for it. What is in this for the long suffering public, who pay for the upkeep of the roads, whilst out of Norfolk traffic, Anglian water has 30% of its turnover come from outside Norfolk, does not pay for its impact?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • They could invest in some white paint to redo the lines on the road especially around the Dereham bypass area - night driving along there is very difficult as the white lines are non existent. Surely white paint wont cost much!

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    Mrs Meldrew

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • Lets have a fair split on the money and projects. Considering that 30% of Norfolk people do not drive at all, why should we spent money on roads, when other projects promise far better returns for our money. Without having a working harbour in Yarmouth that allows a fast ferry service to the continent, dualling of any part of the A47 is a stretch of the imagination.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • Together with the duelling of the Elvedon stretch of the A11, this would surely prove to be a massive economic boost to the region! I agree that the Acle Straight, North Tuddenham to Easton stretch and the Harwick junction at King’s Lynn, are the key target areas. I also agree with LLCK that the stretch between High Noon Lane Norwich Vans and just before North Burlingham Lingwood Lane, is a must for duelling! So many fatal accidents over the years. Oh and why on earth does the 50MPH limit end just before the Upton turn-off?? It's a 90 degree exit and people are accelerating away from the 50MPH zone as you are either slowing to turn, or trying to get on to the A47. Surely the cost of moving the sign a few metres west would be worth the potential cost in insurance claims and lives. @F2MKE

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    f2mke

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • I have driven down the straight for many years now, yes there should be some form of improvement but the main issue is the reckless, mindless, could not give a toss about others driver's who are to blame for any accident's that happen. Get on top of them and the road will be safe for all user's.

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    loco

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • Hey I have an excellent idea on how to canvas opinion on this.... Hold a census on the road in the middle of rush hour as they did yesterday!!!

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    MARK LEWIS

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • I drive the Yarmouth to Lynn stretch frequently, the Lynn to Peterborough stretch less frequently. Obviously the main stumbling block on the latter is the Nene bank. As for the rest-well West Norfolk Council did its utmost to cause problems by allowing development both sides of the road at Middleton-for some reason they seemed to have had their sights set on an expensive low lying bypass route around Fair Green via Middleton Towers to the east of East Winch,which has got be real pie in the sky. The pinch points are far more than those named and dualling from Acle to GY is a waste of time without a Bure Bridge and the whole Breydon roundabout being relocated some yards onto flat ground and made larger so that traffic can actually get around it at more than a snail's pace. I would prioritise a Great Fransham bypass and dualling the stretch from the Wendling end of the Dereham bypass to the start of the Swaffham by pass and also the Acle to Blofield stretch.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • Together with the duelling of the Elvedon stretch of the A11, this would surely prove to be a massive economic boost to the region! I agree that the Acle Straight, North Tuddenham to Easton stretch and the Harwick junction at King’s Lynn, are the key target areas. I also agree with LLCK that the stretch between High Noon Lane Norwich Vans and just before North Burlingham Lingwood Lane, is a must for duelling! So many fatal accidents over the years. Oh and why on earth does the 50MPH limit end just before the Upton turn-off?? It's a 90 degree exit and people are accelerating away from the 50MPH zone as you are either slowing to turn, or trying to get on to the A47. Surely the cost of moving the sign a few metres west would be worth the potential cost in insurance claims and lives. @F2MKE

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    f2mke

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • Unless there is money in the pot to build a third river crossing, taking away traffic from the Vauxhall roundabout and a slip road off the A47 to Caister then forget it now. You will only end up with the biggest car park in the east. Mind you, dualling the A47 out of Yarmouth only might not be a bad idea. Everytime you visit there is less and less to see. The Market place is a former shadow of what it used to be.

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    BG

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • The definition of a consultant is someone who, when asked what the time is borrows your watch, charges you for telling the time and then sells your watch back to you. WE NEED THE A47 DUALLED NOW!!!!

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    Norfolk Lad

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

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