Work to pave the way for the £200m dualling of a further five-and-a-half miles of the A47 will begin later this year, highways bosses have confirmed.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps last week granted consent for the dualling of the road between Easton and North Tuddenham, with construction due to begin early next year.


But National Highways has announced some preparatory work will begin in the remaining months of this year.

Details of what the impact on traffic will be while work - due to last for two years before the new-look road opens in winter 2025 - goes on have yet to be revealed.

However, a series of events has been organised for the coming months, where people will be able to find out more.

Norwich Evening News: The dualling of the A47 between Easton and North Tuddenham has been granted permissionThe dualling of the A47 between Easton and North Tuddenham has been granted permission (Image: National Highways)

Chris Griffin, a National Highways official, said: "Increasing road capacity and connecting communities across the east of England will pave the way for economic growth in this part of the country."

Following completion, journey times are expected to be reduced by up to five minutes.

The new dual carriageway will be built south of the existing A47 at Hockering and will run north of the current road at Honingham.

Two new junctions will be constructed; Wood Lane – where Berrys Lane meets Wood Lane – and Norwich Road – where Blind Lane meets Taverham Road.

Easton roundabout will also be removed, while four new bridges will be built.

These will pass over or under the new Mattishall Lane link road, Wood Lane junction, the River Tud and the Norwich Road junction.

National Highways say that section of the A47 is used by more than 25,000 vehicles each day and the changes will shave up to five minutes off journey times.

Consent has already been granted for dualling work between Blofield and North Burlingham, while Mr Shapps is due to make a decision over changes to the Thickthorn junction, near Norwich, next month.

Where to find out more

Norwich Evening News: Liz Truss has said her new transport secretary will "look closely" at dualling more of the A47Liz Truss has said her new transport secretary will "look closely" at dualling more of the A47 (Image: National Highways)

National Highways representatives will reveal more about the schemes at these drop-in events:

  • Tuesday, September 27 and Wednesday , September 28, 9am to 5pm: Norwich Camping and Leisure, 58 Yarmouth Road, Blofield
  • Thursday, September 29, 1pm to 8pm, Tesco, Ipswich Rd, Norwich 
  • Thursday, October 6,1pm to 8pm, Sainsbury's Longwater, William Frost Way, New Costessey
  • Friday, October 7, 10am to 6pm, Waitrose,  Church Lane, Eaton Centre
  • Saturday, October 8, 10am to 6pm, Tesco, Kingston Road, Dereham
  • Wednesday, October 12, 1pm to 9pm Lingwood Parish Hall, St. Peter's Church, Church Road, Lingwood
  • Tuesday, November 15, 8am to 4pm, Co-op, Norwich Road, Acle
  • Wednesday, November 30, 8am to 4pm, Waitrose, Wymondham, Norwich Road, Wymondham
  • Thursday, December 1, 9am to 6pm, Chantry Place, St Stephens Street, Norwich
  • Friday, December 2, 8am to 5pm, Hay Hill, Market Place, Norwich
  • Friday, December 9, 9am to 6pm, Castle Quarter Shopping Centre, Castle Meadow, Norwich