Upgrading the A47 is back on the Government’s agenda and Norfolk’s political leaders have urged it to make improvements happen.
Patrick McLoughlin, transport minister, pledged this week that a feasibility study will take place to decide if an upgrade should be made a priority.
Nick Daubney, West Norfolk Council leader, said: “The transport minister is willing to take another look at it and I really feel it is essential that he does.
“I think this region has missed out seriously on infrastructure spending and if the East of England is going to reach even national averages in terms of economic activity and development that road is essential.
“My plea is, it’s not enough to just keep talking about these things, we must actually do them.”
David Harrison, Norfolk County Council Cabinet member for Environment, Transport, Development & Waste, said: “This is a very welcome announcement by the Secretary of State. If ever a road was in need of fast-tracking, it’s the A47.
“The Government is clearly taking notice of the groundswell right along the A47, from the A1 to Great Yarmouth, for something to be done about this critical but neglected part of the Trans European Network.
“The County Council and New Anglia LEP set out the case for accelerating the improvement of the A47 in the ‘Gateway to Growth’ prospectus, and this has been key in winning support at the highest level.
“We will keep on making the case for the A47 until it becomes the high quality route that it should be, supporting rather than hindering business and the local economy.”
A Department for Transport spokesman said: “The Government recognises the importance of the A47 in facilitating economic growth and the congestion issues that motorists face on a daily basis. That is why a new study has been agreed to look into the challenges and improvements that can be made.”