Main West Norfolk road included in £15 billion upgrades plan

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The main route linking Lynn with Norwich, Peterborough and the Midlands is set to be included in a new £15 billion road-building programme announced by David Cameron yesterday.

The programme was unveiled during the prime minister’s speech to the CBI’s annual conference in London.

But, while full details are not set to be revealed until next month, it appears likely that West Norfolk will not receive a slice of the cake, with reports suggesting the initial spending will be focused on the Peterborough, Norwich and Yarmouth areas.

Mr Cameron said the investment, covering the period from 2015 until 2020, would improve more than 100 “pinch points” in the UK’s road network.

And he claimed the investment was only possible because the government had “managed the nation’s finances effectively”.

He also warned there was “much more to do” on controlling spending, adding: “The deficit is still too high and we still need to make savings.”

Mr Cameron’s comments came just days after the chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, also highlighted the A47 as a route likely to receive money in the autumn statement to be made by chancellor George Osborne on December 3.

However, desired improvements to the road in West Norfolk, such as an upgrade to the stretch between the Pullover and Hardwick roundabouts in Lynn, were left off the list of likely investment areas following talks with government officials in August.

The move was made amid anger from some local politicians and despite the A47 Alliance, a group made up of politicians and business leaders, listing the scheme as a short-term priority when it set out its prospectus for improving the road earlier this year.

Yesterday’s Independent newspaper also suggested that the investment would be focused on areas with marginal seats to be fought at next year’s general election, such as Norwich, Peterborough and Yarmouth.