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 £300 million of funding for the North Tuddenham-Easton stretch of the A47 (with early works having now begun, and full works due to commence in 2022).
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. Longer term, I am working with fellow parliamentary colleagues and the A47 Alliance to make the case for full dualling of the A47 – although we are also stressing the most urgent priorities in the hope of getting the swiftest benefits for the people of Norfolk. There is no doubt that the route is a key part of the wider vision of unlocking the enormous growth and prosperity, along with all the exciting jobs of tomorrow that will come with it, that the country wants and needs to see if it is to thrive post-Covid, and which our area needs to improve our prospects and make our lives easier.
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 updates on my work on this project, please do regularly check this page.
I was delighted to attend Baroness Vere’s RIS3 briefing for MPs today – at which the Government set out how it will determine its strategic vision and priorities for the country’s road network over the period 2025-2030, and outlining what objectives their multi-year investment plan will achieve.
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”.