Is bridge best way to tackle problem junction on A47?

The White House junction on the A47 at B1140 crossing at North Burlingham.Picture: James Bass

The White House junction on the A47 at B1140 crossing at North Burlingham.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

A new bridge is again being tipped as the best way to tackle a problem junction dogged by heavy lorries on the A47 close to Beighton, near Acle.

The White House junction on the A47 at B1140 crossing at North Burlingham.Picture: James Bass

The White House junction on the A47 at B1140 crossing at North Burlingham.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

The hazardous crossing where the B1140 meets the dual carriageway has long been a source of worry and concern and the issue looked to have been resolved until a fully worked-up scheme was axed in 2009.

Brian Iles, whose county council ward includes the area, said the multi-million pound project which at the time included full dualling of the 50mph stretch between Blofield and Burlingham was 'shovel ready' when it was pulled.

However, he understood that because of the amount of time that had elapsed it was a case of going back to square one.

Highways England said this week it was considering relaying the road junction or putting a bridge across it.

Among options being looked at is a move to stop vehicles travelling east towards Acle from turning right on to the B1140 to Cantley and instead continuing to the roundabout.

Peter Richards, of Highways England, said recent investigations had shown that one large heavy goods vehicle made the manoeuvre every three minutes.

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Meanwhile, a new bridge taking in both the Beighton and South Walsham Road junctions would mean being able to remove the 50mph limit altogether, but depended on there being enough available land and money.

Mr Richards, who is responsible for technology on the highways, said the re-laying scheme would require extensive consultation with nearby villages.

The bridge scheme however could tie in with a longer term plan to improve the road from Burlingham to Blofield and had been passed to the major projects team.

It would have the advantage of closing off the two gaps and removing the 50mph limit.

No time scales or costings had been worked out and the scheme would be 'quite a few years' in the future, he added. Mr Iles, however, hit out at the waste of time and money being spent on a scheme that had all been worked up before.

He said: 'As far as I am concerned I would like to see the scheme adopted. I am absolutely livid. It is such a waste of money.

'Years ago we went to a parish council meeting in somebody's house in Lingwood and they had all the drawings laid out and there it was all drawn out and ready to go.

'This was seven or eight years ago and they have to start all over again even though they probably have all the information in the file. Nothing has changed.'

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