Today the Prime Minister came to Norfolk to announce £300 million of government investment for the A47. South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss joined Peter Aldous MP in Lowestoft to illustrate that the whole of the A47 is a key strategic route with the re-numbering of the A12, between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, to the A47. Elizabeth has been a vocal campaigner for funding for the A47 and has lobbied with fellow MPs to ensure the strategic importance of the road is recognised. Speaking at the Norwich Research Park, the Prime Minister specifically noted the excellent collaborative working by the Norfolk and Suffolk MPs to make the case for the upgrade.
Elizabeth Truss MP said ‘’Securing investment in the A47 has been an absolute priority for me. The announcement today that £300 million will be spent on improving the A47 is fantastic news. Lobbying by MPs ensured that it was one of six schemes to be included in the Department for Transport feasibility studies for upgrades. And this capital investment is in addition to the ongoing works already being undertaken by the Highways Agency (HA) to improve the safety of the road. At a meeting I held in Walsoken in January 2014 with the parish council and Highways Agency, the HA confirmed the government had tripled the roads budget to £28 billion. Last year I travelled the length of the road from Norwich to Peterborough with the Transport Minister to highlight areas of concern in my South West Norfolk constituency, particularly Broadend Rd junction and around the Sporle and Narborough on/off routes. And in February this year, at a meeting with the Transport Minister in Westminster, along with my fellow MPs, we made the point that investment in the A47 needs to take place.
“The previous government had downgraded the A47. This was a major error resulting in years of underinvestment and so I am delighted that the Prime Minister came to Norfolk today to make this announcement. Speaking at the Norwich Research Park, the Prime Minister specifically noted the excellent collaborative working by the Norfolk and Suffolk MPs to make the case for the upgrade. I was therefore very pleased to join Peter Aldous MP in Lowestoft to emphasise how important this road is to the Eastern region. By re-numbering the A12 the A47, it will ensure that the whole road is recognised as one continuous strategic route and as a gateway to Europe, the ports of Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft contribute significantly to the economic prosperity of the region. It also builds on the £19 million already announced in April of this year to create a new transport scheme in and round Norwich that will help 2 business parks to grow, creating over 5,000 new jobs and allowing 600 new homes to be built. Millions of pounds invested in Norfolk protects employment and encourages growth; it will also be a fantastic boost for future job creation, tourism and educational opportunities across the whole of the county with full dualling of the A47 very much the long term aim.’’