A47 – Letter to Roads Minister

21st September 2020

Enough is enough.

Back in 2014, I brought the then Prime Minister to Mid Norfolk as part of the A47 Alliance campaign that secured £300 million for the Phase 1 of A47 Improvement Works that will, eventually, we aim result in the full dualling of the A47. These include the dualling of the key Mid Norfolk stretch between North Tuddenham and Easton.

Six years on and with the latest delays, the works are still at least two years away from starting. And at least four years away from completion. It’s unacceptable.

That’s why, Jerome Mayhew MP and I have written to the Roads Minister, Baroness Vere, to request a roundtable in Parliament for MPs and officials to discuss these latest, deeply disappointing delays and the future of Highways England.

Following these latest delays, and as highlighted in a recent EDP article (see here), I believe Highways England is unfit for purpose and needs to be broken up and made more accountable to our region. We should replace it with a Highways England that better understands the issues we are facing and is better equipped to address them.

Rest assured, I remain firmly committed to pursuing the delivery of these key Improvement Works – and to the longer term campaign of securing full dualling of this key strategic road.

Please see our letter to the Roads Minister below.

Click here to download my letter to Baroness Vere

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