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Norfolk people urged to have say over A47 improvements at string of roadshows

PUBLISHED: 14:32 09 August 2017 | UPDATED: 10:41 11 August 2017

People in Norfolk are being urged to have their say on improvements to the A47. Picture: Matthew Usher.

People in Norfolk are being urged to have their say on improvements to the A47. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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People have been invited to a string of roadshows about work on the A47.

A £300m programme to upgrade the A47 and A12 was announced by then prime minister David Cameron in the run-up to the 2015 general election.

Six improvement schemes have been announced - four of which are on sections of the road in Norfolk.

Those are dualling the A47 North Tuddenham to Easton, dualling the A47 Blofield to North Burlingham, improving the A47/A11 Thickthorn junction, and improving A47 Great Yarmouth junctions, including reconstruction of the Vauxhall Roundabout.

Work is not expected to start until 2020 at the earliest and Highways England has been drawing up options for the precise route for the revamped sections of road, which are expected to be revealed soon.

But, in the meantime, highways bosses want to talk to people about routine maintenance works, such as street light repairs, resurfacing and new studs.

Four roadshow events, where people will be able to have their say, will take place next week:

• Monday, August 14 – King’s Lynn Market Place (outside the Dukes Head), from 11am to 6pm;

• Tuesday, August 15 – Attleborough Sainsbury’s, High Street, from midday until 7pm;

• Wednesday, August 16 – Great Yarmouth Tesco Extra, Pasteur Rd, from midday until 7pm;

• Thursday, August 17 – Gorleston Morrisons, Black Reach, from midday until 7pm.

People will also get the chance to talk about the bigger investment scheme at the roadshows and Norfolk County Council has urged people not to pass up that chance.

Martin Wilby, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s environment, development and transport committee and chairman of the A47 Alliance, said: “These roadshows are a golden opportunity to show Highways England how strongly many of us feel about the need to make the A47 a better, safer, more reliable route.

“Highways England have committed £300m to improve the A47, which is very welcome.

“However it’s so important to keep reminding them and the government of the local demand for these improvements so that work gets under way at the earliest opportunity.

“We also need them to see the value in making much needed further improvements to the road, with the ultimate aim of getting the whole of the A47 route dualled.”

Highways England held its first Norfolk roadshow event in Dereham last month.

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