‘Urgent’ need for A47 work
Demands for action to improve the A47 in West Norfolk grew yesterday as two sisters who were killed in a crash on the road were laid to rest.
A funeral service for Tamzin and Jessica Portor, aged 10 and seven, was held at St Matthew’s Church, Sutton Bridge, as the Lynn News went to press.
As previously reported, the sisters suffered fatal injuries when the car they were travelling in left the A47 at Walsoken, near Wisbech, on December 27.
The tragedy, together with another fatal crash on the road at Wendling over the Christmas holiday, has triggered renewed demands for improvement works.
This week Norfolk coroner William Armstrong said the county’s roads were not good enough and their condition was a factor in many accidents.
And a motion to be debated by county councillors on Monday will demand a government commitment to making the A47 a dual carriageway.
West Norfolk Council deputy leader Brian Long said yesterday that work was long overdue on safety and economic grounds.
He said: “There are areas that are getting notorious for the frequency of crashes.
“It’s a Highways Agency trunk road. They need to look at what’s happening.
“It’s known that dual carriageway is much safer than these single carriageway sections and, just to improve safety, works need to be done urgently.”
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