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A11 dualling campaign is in for award as part of Local Newspaper Week

PUBLISHED: 23:14 12 May 2015 | UPDATED: 23:14 12 May 2015

The A11 looking towards Norwich from the Elveden bridge.

The A11 looking towards Norwich from the Elveden bridge.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2015

For many years the EDP has fought long and hard on campaigns that make a positive impact on the community.

Two causes which made a real difference to the region

The EDP is asking you to vote for one of our two campaigns which have been shortlisted in the awards.

The Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal and the A11 Road to Success Appeal have been recognised as part of Local Newspaper Week on a list of 37 local newspaper campaigns across the country.

Voting for the Making a Difference Showcase began on Monday, with the winner to be announced at the Regional Press Awards, in London, on Friday.

The Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal raised funds to rebuild local communities after floods struck Norfolk and Suffolk.

The appeal helped more than 300 families pick up the pieces left behind by the terrible flood.

Final approval was given in late 2010 to dual the last stretch, which opened last December.

Local Newspaper Week, which started on Monday and runs until Sunday, has been supported by celebrities such as actor Michael Sheen and The One Show co-host Alex Jones.

This year’s theme is Making a Difference, and is looking at the ability of local newspapers to make a difference in the lives of local communities.

Visit www.localnewspaperweek.co.uk and find the campaign for which you wish to vote.

One campaign in particular required a lot of patience, but in December 2014 the region celebrated the long-awaited completion of the dualling of the A11.

The EDP’s A11 Road to Success appeal has been rewarded with a nomination for a national award as part of Local Newspaper Week.

The EDP has campaigned for 40 years to get the A11 completely dualled and we helped lead the fight by challenging the government and holding meetings to discuss the importance of improving the road.

Final approval was given in 2010 and construction of the final 9.1 mile stretch of road was completed after four years of work.

Making a Difference Local Newspaper Week logoMaking a Difference Local Newspaper Week logo

And today, the new and improved A11 has contributed to cutting travelling times, improving transport links to London and the Midlands, as well as making Norfolk and Suffolk more attractive for businesses.

Norfolk County Council leader George Nobbs said: “The EDP campaign was extremely important.

“It lasted over many years and, in the end, contributed massively to get us to where we are today.

“It was rightly fought for as in the past, on a busy Friday afternoon, you could be in a queue for hours and now it can take 15 minutes.”

He said there was also a positive psychological effect of being linked to the rest of the UK by dual carriageway.

“It is a huge step and, hopefully in the future, we can discuss at how both the Acle Straight and the A47 have been improved.”

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