Minister to visit West Norfolk to see A47 problems for himself

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A government minister will visit West Norfolk today as politicians and business leaders press the case for an upgrade of the borough’s busiest road.

Roads minister Robert Goodwill is set to be driven along the A47 as the campaign for improvements to the whole length of the route between Peterborough and Yarmouth continues.

In May, MPs from across the region, including North West Norfolk’s Henry Bellingham, urged the government to act on a route which they claim has been underfunded for decades during a debate in Westminster.

The road is one of six major routes across the country which are currently being assessed by the government for funding.

An official announcement on which schemes will be backed is not expected until chancellor George Osborne’s autumn statement later this year.

However, Mr Goodwill has hinted that funding will be found for some improvements to the A47.

As previously reported, while campaigners’ ultimate objective is to dual the whole length of the road, the A47 Alliance of politicians and business representatives has identified 19 separate schemes which it believes should be funded over the coming years.

Those programmes include upgrades around the Hardwick roundabout in Lynn and bypasses for the nearby villages of Middleton and East Winch.