The pressure group pressing for an upgrade of the A47 meets today in Peterborough, just three days ahead of a visit by Transport Minister Stephen Hammond when he will be driven by campaigners along the route to show him first hand its inadequacies.
The A47 Alliance is lobbying for more dual carriageway along the length of the road, which stretches from Leicester to Yarmouth.
Vivienne Spikings, vice-chairwoman of the Alliance and West Norfolk Council member, said: “I will be going to Friday’s meeting with more optimism than for a long time.
“The A47 should be a free-flowing economic artery all the way from Great Yarmouth and Norwich to King’s Lynn and Peterborough, but too much of it is still sub-standard and slow.
“What has changed is that the Government has recognised the A47’s potential, and that improvement of the road should be a higher priority.
“Stephen Hammond’s welcome visit on Monday is further evidence that the A47 is at last getting the attention it deserves.
“Of course we would like to see the whole route improved, but we have to be realistic and the Alliance Steering Group meeting will focus upon the priorities with a view to passing these on to the Minister on Monday.”
Among those meeting Mr Hammond on Monday will be North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham.