A11 is almost fully opened - final traffic cones will be removed in the early hours
- Credit: Matthew Usher
East Anglia is almost fully open for business.
The last traffic cones are set to be lifted in the early hours, and Norfolk and Suffolk's major bottleneck will finally be fully dualled.
Campaigners will gather tomorrow to herald the infrastructure upgrade which will make Norfolk and Suffolk an even better place to do business.
The Prime Minister, who it is understood had hoped to travel to Norfolk for the opening, but is on a visit to Northern Ireland, said the completion of the road would bring huge benefits to the people of East Anglia.
'Parents will be able to spend less time commuting and more time with their families. Business owners will be able to deliver their products quicker and get their staff into work on time. And already residents of Elveden are no longer waking to the sound of rush-hour traffic - and they can even hear birds sing,' he said.
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While George Nobbs, leader of Norfolk County Council, said: 'This dualling is very significant for Norfolk, as this is more than the completion of a construction project. This stretch of road being dualled ensures that, at long last, Norwich is no longer the only major UK city not linked to the rest of the UK by dual carriageway. He said barriers to business, long delays for tourist and lost lives on the single carriage stretch would become a thing of the past.
'There is no longer any excuse for businesses not to invest here,' he added.
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See today's special edition supplement about the road to a completed A11, including how we got there, who did the work and the difference it will make to the region.
See tomorrow's special edition EDP for a 48-page supplement about the road to a completed A11, including how we got there, who did the work and the difference it will make to the region.
The Evening News will carry a 16-page special on the impact for Norwich.