Alliance hopeful after A47 meeting

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West Norfolk’s busiest road is in a stronger position to win Government funding than many of its rivals, according to a senior politician.

The claim was made following talks between members of the A47 Alliance and roads minister Robert Goodwill in London on Tuesday.

Alliance chairman David Harrison said of the meeting: “It went really well, I thought. It was a rare meeting where there was no discord.”

Although the alliance wants to see the whole road become a dual carriageway, it has identified improvements to the Hardwick, Saddlebow and Purfleet roundabouts in Lynn and a bypass for Middleton and East Winch among almost 20 schemes it believes should be funded.

The A47 is one of six routes across the country which are the subjects of feasibility studies by the Department for Transport to establish where money should be spent.

And South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss believes the area has “a golden opportunity” to win investment.

She said: “We feel the time is right to really accelerate forward and make the A47 a highway for future growth and job creation rather than the stop start it has become.”

It is thought that a decision on which road gets investment will be made later this year.

And Mr Harrison said: “I would be very surprised if we didn’t get any money. I really would.”