Councillors in Norfolk still want A47 dualling on the agenda

Councillors in Norfolk have said they would fight to get the dualling of the A47 Acle Straight.

Last week at a Norfolk County Council meeting, Highways England said that dualling of this stretch of the A47 would not be included in Road Investment Startegy 3 that would run from 20205-2030, reports the Eastern Daily Press.

But Graham Plant, deputy leader of Norfolk County Council and former Great Yarmouth Borough Council leader, said he had urged the council to write to MPs to keep up lobbying over the road.

He said it was unacceptable that Highways England had yet to do any physical work on the £300m of work which has been earmarked for the A47, including dualling between Easton to North Tuddenham, from Blofield to North Burlingham and changes to the Thickthorn junction.

And he said it was “wrong” that Highways England had signalled the Acle Straight would not be in that next round of schemes, without any consultation.

He said: “It does seem to me that Highways England are completely off track as far as Norfolk is concerned.”

Mr Plant said Martin Wilby, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “I do not accept it cannot be part of the road investment strategy three. I will not give up lobbying to get this much-needed improvement for infrastructure across the whole of Norfolk.”

The dualling of the Acle Straight was one of the key demands of the Just Dual It! campaign spearheaded by the EDP, Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Chambers of Commerce.

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