A47 Rat-Running Campaign

14th October 2020

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.

That’s why I continue to actively work with the local A47 Taskforce that I helped create, local councillors and representatives and officials from both Highways England and Norfolk County Council’s Highways team to look at this issue.

Yesterday, we heard about the latest work being carried out by both Highways England and Norfolk County Council – particularly on how they are modelling existing traffic issues in the communities along and to the south of the North Tuddenham-Easton stretch, as well as working with Parish Councils and other stakeholders to assess their concerns going forward (especially in light of the proposed works for the dualling of this part of the A47).

I am pleased to report that a lot of promising work is going into that and I will be working with the Taskforce, Norfolk County Council and Highways England to reach out to those key parishes and ensure that their feedback is being gathered, collated and used to inform the mitigation methods that will be needed before, during and after these vital construction works for our region – in order to limit any potential negative impacts on the communities.

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