The latest round in the fight to get improvements made to the A47 will be launched tomorrow as part of a proposal which could create thousands of jobs and finally put Norfolk on the road to meeting its economic potential.

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A new business case is set to be unveiled which will spell out the reasons why the vital stretch of carriageway deserves investment.

Dualling the entire 105-mile road would, consultants commissioned by Norfolk County Council say, could lead to 30-minute reduction in journey times along the length of the road from Peterborough to Great Yarmouth.

But, rather than calling for the whole road to be dualled, the plan will identify specific pinch-points along the road which consultants say could be targeted for improvements.

Key areas include the Acle Straight, North Tuddenham to Easton stretch, and the Harwick junction at King’s Lynn.

The report will say: “In short, as it is currently operating, the A47 is at best a brake on the economic growth for the whole county, including parts of Cambridgeshire.

“At worst it hinders investment, adds to business and commuter costs, causes disproportionate accident and safety issues, and contributes to the “peripheral” image of the county.”

Norfolk MPs, county councillors and business leaders have all thrown their weight behind the proposals which are set to be delivered to transport minister Stephen Hammond on Monday.

We want to hear about your experiences of the A47. Has it impacted on your business? Are you regularly caught up in queues? Or do you have safety fears which could be allayed by improvements?

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Tomorrow we’ll be hosting a day of debate on issue on our website with live coverage of Mid Norfolk MP Keith Simpson’s bid to drive along the A47 from King’s Lynn to Great Yarmouth in his Union Jack Mini.



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