New study to look at options for improving A47 in West Norfolk
A fresh study is to be carried out to look at ways of upgrading parts of one of the main road links to and from West Norfolk.
The assessment of options for upgrading the A47 could eventually lead to major upgrades of the A47 between Lynn and Peterborough.
And a government minister has reportedly acknowledged "a solution" is needed for the route's issues.
A report presented to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority's transport and infrastructure committee yesterday said Highways England had agreed to conduct a strategic assessment of the section between the end of the existing dual carriageway at Walton Highway and the A16 junction near Peterborough.
It continued: "An additional and secondary highway section will also be considered along the single carriageway section of the A47 between Tilney and the A47/A17 junction at King's Lynn."
Officials said Highways England had also agreed to fund the work, which is already underway and is expected to be completed this autumn.
And the authority's mayor, James Palmer, said the development, which followed talks with Transport Minister Baroness Vere earlier this year, is a significant step forward.
He told the meeting: "The A47 is not merely a route that is dangerous, and long overdue an upgrade, it is actually a Gateway to the East.
"Yesterday I was on a call with Baroness Vere and she mentioned the A47 several times as a route that needs a solution.
"There’s a lot going for this A47 work that we’re doing – and for Highways England to say ‘Yes, we agree, let’s work together on the inside’, is a great leap forward.
"I will not rest until we get the OK for this, and put the funding in place to deliver it."
The ultimate goal of the A47 Alliance of politicians and business leaders is full dualling of the A47 between Peterborough and Lowestoft.
But the sections between Walton Highway and the A16, as well as between Tilney and East Winch are priorities for investment in the spending period between 2025 and 2030.