11 July 2023
Rat-Running Taskforce – Update

Since becoming the MP for Mid Norfolk in 2010, the improvement of our region’s local transport and commuting lines has been one of my central missions. However, improved connectivity must not come at the cost of our rural heritage and way of life, or if it reduces safety.

That’s why I helped establish the South of the A47 Taskforce back in 2019 to look at tackling rat-running in the key Corridor between the Wood Lane/Berry’s Lane junction at Honingham and the A11 at Wymondham, and why I welcomed the opportunity to convene the latest meeting yesterday – bringing together Taskforce representatives, NCC officers and NCC councillors and leaders to review progress to date and explore what further actions are required.

Although much progress has been made on the development of a package of mitigation measures aimed at alleviating existing rat-running while also preparing in advance for any likely impacts of the A47 dualling between North Tuddenham and Easton (as well as the Norwich Western Link), I am pleased that all parties yesterday acknowledged that there still remains more work to be done – with some residents (for example, in Carleton Forehoe) concerned that their roads have been missed in the work to date.

The commitment of NCC officers to continue working with the parishes involved in the Taskforce was very much appreciated – and the hope is that, by September, the mitigation package will be further advanced, with the Taskforce, NCC team and I able to meet on location to raise awareness of the additional progress made.

Rest assured, this remains a key campaign of mine – and I look forward to offering my continued support to the key stakeholders as we drive this work forward.

To learn more about all of my work on this campaign, please visit my website here.