When I was first elected in 2010, Norfolk was the only UK county not connected to the motorway and dual carriageway network. Not only had this held back businesses and families for too long, it had also proved dangerous for thousands of commuters travelling down unsafe single-carriage roads.
That’s why I vowed to get this sorted and am delighted that, together with other Norfolk MPs and the A47 Alliance, over the last five years we have dualled the A11 and secured £300m of funding to start dualling the A47. The investment in the A11 and A47 means that, for the first time ever, Norwich is now connected to the motorway and dual carriageway network.
With dualling from Dereham to Norwich on the A47, we now have a chance to make Norfolk a hub of innovation with quick links to the Norwich Research Park, as well as helping make our roads safer for commuters. That’s why I was proud to launch the investment in a roundtable at the Norwich Research Park with the Prime Minister last year to discuss ways in which this major investment will unlock a new wave of growth in our local economy, helping make Norfolk a new hub of innovation with the 21stC infrastructure we need to attract jobs and opportunities to our region.
Making sure our area has proper 21stC transport infrastructure is vital to us all. I will continue fighting for investment and upgrades in our roads to make sure we have the safe, modern transport links we need.
For decades, successive governments have underfunded our transport network here in the East – which is why one of my central missions as an MP has been the improvement of our transport infrastructure in this region, and why I so greatly welcome the Prime Minister and Government’s commitment to “levelling-up” the places that have for too long been “left-behind”.