19 March 2024
A47 Alliance – Update

For 30 years, Norfolk has campaigned for A47 dualling.

I, myself, have been on the case for 15 years, working with fellow Norfolk MPs, the A47 Alliance and the EDP – and was delighted to get the then Prime Minister to Mid Norfolk back in 2014 to agree the next phase of A47 improvements.

But we’re still awaiting the North Tuddenham-Easton dualling and Thickthorn Roundabout improvement works – as well as full dualling of the A47 from Lowestoft in the East to the A1 in Cambridgeshire to the West. Only with full dualling of the entire A47 will we be able to unlock Norfolk (and the East)’s full economic potential – and make the most improvement to safety along the route.

That’s why I welcomed the latest A47 Alliance summit update this past Friday and remain a vocal advocate of getting on and delivering these vital works.

Having publicly called for Dr Andrew Boswell to end his constant blocking of the improvement works already committed (see here), I continue to work hard with the Alliance, my fellow Eastern MPs and other key stakeholders to make the case for further, and full, A47 dualling and improvements.

Of course, we cannot go on covering our country in commuter housing estates and continuing to build new roads anywhere. However, the A47 has been a vital, blocked artery across our county for decades – lethal in so many places and stifling Norfolk’s economic potential.

There is nothing “green” about the flooding, pollution, congestion and deadly accidents that the A47 in its current form entails.

We must get on and deliver improvements.

Rest assured, I am committed to doing everything I can on this.

To find out more about my work ‘Making Our Roads Fit for the 21st Century’, please visit my campaign page here