Reader Letter: Dualling of the A11 is driving the drug trade in Norfolk

The A11 looking towards Norwich from the Elveden bridge. Picture: Sonya Duncan

The A11 looking towards Norwich from the Elveden bridge. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2015

The completion of dualling of the A11 in late 2014 has reconnected the Norwich and Norfolk economy to the rest of the UK and especially the South-East and London.

Over the same period, as a city centre dweller I have noticed a major intensification of illegal drug dealing and use with overt dealing and prostitution in various areas.

The value of the drugs and prostitution to the UK economy in recent years has been estimated at £10 billion each year, the same as farming or publishing.

This paper has noted a change in the origin of incoming drug supply chains so that it is now dominated by London. I don't believe it is a coincidence that the increase in drugs in our city and county is associated with improved infrastructure.

The dualling of the A11 was heralded as being vital to economic development, and indeed it has by allowing swifter journeys for drugs to flood our area.


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K Yates, Norwich

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