Dualing decision delay

The full dualling of the A11 became an early election issue for the region last night after it emerged that a decision on the vital road scheme will not be made until after May 6.

The full dualling of the A11 became an early election issue for the region last night after it emerged that a decision on the vital road scheme will not be made until after May 6.

Campaigners spoke of their frustration after having to wait until the outcome of the general election - called by Gordon Brown yesterday- for a decision on the multi-million pound project.

Leading politicians and business leaders had hoped that the nine mile road widening scheme could be rubberstamped before the race for 10 Downing Street began.

Now the final leg of the A11 upgrade could be overseen by a different minister after transport secretary Lord Adonis ran out of time to back the project. The secretary of state has yet to receive the report of planning inspector Neil Taylor, who oversaw the A11 public inquiry, which came to a close nine weeks ago.

The inspector's findings are due to be sent to the government later this month, but not in time to be passed before parliament is officially dissolved on Monday.