A47 Rat-Running and Access Forum

3rd March 2021

Improving connectivity in our part of the world was one of my first pledges when I began campaigning to become the MP for Mid Norfolk back in 2007 – and we have seen hugely positive progress, with more to come.

However, the dualling of the North Tuddenham-Easton A47 stretch (which is part of the £300 million commitment for the first phase of A47 dualling/improvement works, as well as the Norwich Western Link, must be delivered correctly – so as to avoid shifting the awful rat-running problems affecting communities to the north-west of Norwich to those to the west and south-west of the city.

We must also do all we can to ensure that delivering these key pieces of infrastructure does not come at the cost of severing vital local access routes – upon which communities so often rely (whether that be to get to the nearby school or the community shop/pharmacy in the next village).

That’s why I was delighted to join a meeting between the South of the A47 Taskforce, a number of other local Parishes and Norfolk County Council’s Highways team – to receive an update on the traffic modelling works that have taken place, and begin the process of forecasting which mitigation methods need to be implemented.

The solution cannot help just one village. It must look at the entire area and work out what is best for everyone. And I pleased that NCC (and Highways England) appreciate that.

To learn more, please do look back over past webstories, as well as my Taskforce campaign page here